Cultural Heritage at the ESRF: from the discovery of masters' secrets to the conservation of artworks

Online Seminar
Start Date
26-06-2020 14:00
End Date
26-06-2020 15:00
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Coordinator contact(s)
Kirill Lomachenko
Anne-Françoise Maydew
Scientific contact(s)
Marine Cotte

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#ESRFscience LIVE ONLINE SEMINAR:  26 JUNE 2020 - 2.00 PM (CET)

Cultural Heritage at the ESRF: from the discovery of masters' secrets to the conservation of artworks"

Presentation  by Marine Cotte, ESRF scientist in charge of ID21 beamline

Studies of ancient materials are more and more frequent at the ESRF. A workshop recently organized at the ESRF confirmed the increasing interest of art scientists, archeologists, paleontologists among other specialists in the use of synchrotron techniques for the analysis of ancient and artistic materials. Diffraction, spectroscopy and imaging offer complementary contrasts to tackle the composition of complex and precious materials. This webinar will present recent examples of micro-analyses of artworks (illustrated by the composition of lead whites in Leonardo's paintings and the degradation of chrome yellows in van Gogh's Sunflowers). Opportunities offered by the new ESRF-EBS as well as by new and refurbished beamlines will be presented as well, together with related challenges.

All those interested are cordially invited to attend this online seminar .


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The ESRF is organising a series of LIVE online seminars on the latest ESRF research. Our scientists will show examples of recent results of experiments carried out at the ESRF and will present what science EBS, the new Extremely Brilliant Source, will enable.

Funding: The organisation of this online seminar series is supported by STREAMLINE, a European project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870313.