multispectral imaging
Our crowdfunding project just got over funded! We collected 114% funding in 3 weeks! “Multispectral Imaging for Art and Archaeology” is the first crowd funding project related to Art Conservation Science. For the first time, research funding is coming directly from […]

Over funded! 114%

“Multispectral Imaging for Art and Archaeology” is the first crowd funding project related to Art Conservation Science. We got already 91% of the necessary fund in just 2 weeks! For the first time, research funding is coming directly from the […]

91% funding in 2 weeks!

Multispectral Imaging for Art and Archaeology
“Multispectral Imaging for Art and Archaeology” is the first crowd funding project related to Art Conservation Science. We got already 53% of the necessary fund! The funding campaign will last 2 month and we are really optimistic to raise the $5000 […]

53% funding in one week!

multispectral imaging for art
CHSOS launches today its crowdfunding  campaign to realize an open source and low-cost multispectral system that anybody will be able to replicate. Conservators are invited to participate and be part of this effort. CLICK here to support Multispectral Imaging for […]

Crowdfunding! Low-cost Multispectral Imaging for Conservators

Photonics Spectra
Read this great article on Photonics Spectra! Spectroscopy: Going Small to Get the Whole Picture Now miniaturized spectrometers are also used in Art Conservation. CHSOS illustrates in this paper  the possibilities that miniaturization will bring in the near future of on-site […]

Miniaturized Spectrometers for Art Examination

graffiti RTI
This new paper discusses  RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) for documenting historical graffiti in Catacombs. Historical graffiti  provide unique information on the uses of the catacombs over the centuries. Some of the graffiti of the catacombs of San Giovanni are contemporary with the […]

How to document Historical Graffiti in Catacombs

Arlango restauri
CHSOS just delivered a training program on Technical Photography (TP) and Infrared Reflectography (IRR) to the Arlango Art Conservation team (Vicenza, Italy). This training was part of the Action Research “Optical Techniques for advanced on site Diagnostics of works of art”, partially funded by Veneto […]

Training for a Conservation Studio in Vicenza, Italy

mural painting technical photography 3
Download our just published study on the application of technical photography for the examination and documentation of wall paintings. Technical Photography for mural paintings: the newly discovered frescoes in Aci Sant’Antonio (Sicily, Italy). CHSOS used technical photography for the examination and […]

How to use Technical Photography for mural paintings

    CHSOS is invited speaker and scientific advisor at COLOURS 2015. CHSOS will talk about “Innovation and Sustainability in Technical Art Examination and Color Documentation” This conference will celebrate the UNESCO declared International Year of Light and light- based […]

See you at COLOURS 2015

training February
February 2015 Training program was just delivered to a young conservator from Italy, Flavia Gazineo and Luz Rodriguez from London. Flavia studied as a conservation scientist and after achieving her master degree she has been working in Academia research for […]

Training a Conservator and an Art historian

coastal optical 10
We just tested Coastal Optical 60 mm lens on our Nikon D800 for technical photography (visible, ultraviolet fluorescence, ultraviolet reflected, infrared) and infrared reflectography.  This is an  apochromatic lens in the range 310-110 nm.  Indeed, the lens didn’t need any […]

Best lens for Technical Photography: Coastal Optical 60 mm TESTED

structured light 9
CHSOS just added 3D scanning by Structured Light using a mini (pico) projector coupled with the “3D scanning software” developed by Daniel Moreno and Gabriel Taubin. The free software can be downloaded from Brown University School of Engineering. I need to […]

3D scanning with mini projectors

FORS pigments
CHSOS just added a miniaturized spectrometer to its instrumentation. This system is equivalent to the ones tested already by CHSOS (Ocean Optics, BWTEK) and it will be used for pigments identification following the FORS (Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy) method. CHSOS chose a ASEQ LR1 spectrometer […]

How to Identify Pigments with Reflectance Spectroscopy

stackshot CHSOS
CHSOS just added STACKSHOT to its instruments in order to document small artistic and historical objects. STACKSHOT is an automated macro rail for focus stacking and it’s coupled with Helicon Remote and Helicon Focus to shoot and elaborate the stacked images. Focus […]

Focus Stacking made simple!

Great opportunity! CHSOS has scheduled its April Training program close to TECHNART  conference in Catania, Sicily. Participants while in Catania can also enjoy TECHNART, an international conference on Non-destructive and microanalytical techniques in art and cultural heritage. “The aim of TECHNART 2015 […]

Great! Training and TECHNART in April

Sicilian cart museum
CHSOS is promoting collaborations between the Sicilian Carts Museum and Research institutions.  This museum is located in Aci Sant’Antonio (Sicily) where  CHSOS operates. CHSOS wants to contribute to the museum’s development and offers itself as an intermediary between this local […]

We need you – Sicilian Carts Museum

CHSOS 2014
Thank you! CHSOS has enjoyed the engagement of a wide community. People just following the updates on the website or actually requiring art examination and training services. This community has motivated CHSOS to achieve important goals in 2014. CHSOS could […]

2014 Achievements

CHSOS was at THz-ARTE “Terahertz Advanced Research TEchniques for non-invasive analysis in art conservation” International Workshop in Rome December 2nd and 3rd, 2014. THz-ARTE explores the application of terahertz spectroscopy and imaging for the investigation of artworks and Cultural Heritage […]

Terahertz-ARTE Workshop

Master Domenico Di Mauro
Just delivered a training program for a researcher of the prestigious Cyprus Institute -Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC) and Imaging Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (ICACH). Next training program is scheduled Feb 2-5 2015 and booking is […]

Training for the Cyprus Institute

CHSOS presented with University of California San Diego an Augmented Reality app – ARtifact [1]. This app uses the see-through camera on tablets to recognize the work of art being studied and overlay elements of diagnostic imaging and analytical data. […]

Augmented Reality App for conservators

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CHSOS just tested  an interferential UV/IR cut filter for Ultraviolet Fluorescence Photography (UVF). This filter is the solution to the auto fluorescence of other UV filters [1]. It is recommended for UVF close up photography. The CHSOS filter set for art examination […]

Best Ultraviolet Filter

euromed 2014 Syracuse catacombs
CHSOS was at EuroMed 2014, Cyprus (Nov 3-8 ), a conference on digital documentation of heritage for conservation and protection. Samantha Stout, PhD student at CISA3 – University of California San Diego, presented a poster and a short talk on the field […]

EuroMed 2014. Pigments of Roman wall paintings in Syracuse Catacombs

Fiber Optics Reflectance probe for miniaturized spectrometers.
Just tested the low-cost mini spectrometer from BWTEK, Quest U (BRC112P-U). This is the most affordable of BWTEK series of  mini spectrometers. It features a 2048 pixels linear array and covers the 200 -850 nm range. This test was done in collaboration […]

FORS, Reflectance Spectroscopy for pigments. BWTEK mini spectrometer

phtoshop for conservation
Just published on e-Preservation Science: A. Cosentino, S. Stout “Photoshop and Multispectral Imaging for Art Documentation” e-PS, 2014, 11, 91-98. – Download – I want to show my appreciation for the  e-Preservation Science journal. It is one of the few open […]

Photoshop for conservators. Published paper.

Just finished the 5-days training program for two staff of the HERCULES laboratory – University of Evora, Portugal. Milene Gil, a conservator specialized in mural paintings and Manuel Ribeiro, a professional photographer expert in the documentation of historical and modern architecture. […]

Training a mural painting conservator and an architectural photographer

CHSOS has celebrated 2 years. The first post dated back to October 11th 2012. CHSOS mission is to promote innovative, affordable and sustainable technologies for art examination and documentation publishing 116 posts and 9 publications on open access journals. If […]

Testimonials World Map

CHSOS has been invited to the EHRI international workshop on Revising the Scope and Means of Physical and Digital Preservation of Holocaust Documentation, hold at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Sept 8-10, 2014. This International Workshop was organized within the Framework of […]

Physical and Digital Preservation of Holocaust Documentation

CHSOS is launching the Shared Training option.  So far, you could request and schedule a training program at your best convenience at the CHSOS studio in Sicily or you could request it in your location. Though, students and some professionals […]

SHARE your Training program with CHSOS!

FORS pigments 1
A new free online FORS spectra database of pigments is available. FORS (Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy) is a low-cost spectroscopy and it is used to identify pigments on art works. CHSOS tested an innovative miniaturized and affordable spectrometer and created the […]

New Pigments FORS Spectroscopy Database

Aci Sant'Antonio frescoes juda kiss 4
Just published on the free online magazine, Archeomatica, 2, 2014. This paper presents the discovery of these frescoes and their examination performed with technical photography, XRF, and FORS (Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy).  This paper steams from a collaboration that CHSOS […]

We made the cover story! Discovered Frescoes in Sicily

eCult ambassador
Following to CHSOS presence at the Dialogue Day in Tallin, the eCult Observatory appreciated the CHSOS effort to promote innovative, affordable and sustainable technologies for art examination and nominated CHSOS eCult ambassador. This means CHSOS will be a promoter of these innovative […]

eCult Ambassador

FORS, Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy con gli spettrometri miniaturizzati per l’identificazione dei pigmenti
Published on Archeomatica, 1 Marzo 2014  a paper, for Italian readers, introducing the miniaturized spectrometers for Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy. This paper shows the results of the testing of a FORS (Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy) system assembled with Ocean Optics […]

Fors, Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy (for Italian readers)

multispectral imaging
Camilla Perondi took a training course on multispectral imaging  last year and just recently she got her master degree in Science for the Conservation-Restoration of Cultural Heritage. I was her co-supervisor for her thesis “2D and 3D documentation, digital preservation and valorization […]

New Master Thesis on Low-cost Multispectral Imaging

Madatec srl  is an Italian company supplying scientific imaging and analytical equipment. We have been in touch for a while since they serve the art diagnostics and conservation sector and, such as CHSOS, it has a keen attention on exploring innovative […]

New UV lamps for Ultraviolet photography

panoramic infrared reflectography
For those who take the 5 days train­ing course on multispectral imaging and technical 2D and 3D photographic methods  can be provided on request an Arduino programmed circuit board for Panoramic Infrared Reflectography. The Arduino solution was proposed in this post […]

Arduino for Panoramic Infrared Reflectography

Belgian Association of conservators Bulletin
Just published “Panoramic Multispectral Imaging: Training and Case studies” on the Belgian Association of conservators Bulletin, 2nd Trimester, pp 7-11, 2014. David Laine, the Bulletin vice-president and painting conservator at Iparc cvba, told me that they were preparing an interesting […]

Belgian Association of Conservators Bulletin – Panoramic Multispectral Imaging

giovanni landi multispectral imaging app 2
This application case results from a collaboration with Giovanni Landi  – a Mobile AR (Augmented Reality) solution engineer. He designs and develops mobile applications based on AR and Realtime 3D and he has a keen interest on art examination and […]

New app for Multispectral Imaging

pixelteq multispectral camera for art examination 4
CHSOS is collaborating with PixelTeq to evaluate a new filter-wheel based monochromatic camera tailored to the multispectral imaging examination of art. The mission of Cultural Heritage Science Open Source (CHSOS) is to promote, develop and evaluate low-cost technologies for art […]

New multispectral camera from PixelTeq

RTI reflectance transformation Imaging RTI with Arduino
Arduino comes useful in many applications and  even in art examination. I used it for Panoramic Infrared Reflectography. It just turned invaluable also for RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging). I had to do RTI documentation of graffiti in Syracuse catacombs and since the […]

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) with Arduino

Nikon Nikkor Micro 105mm f2.8 D 2
Just tested the great Nikon Nikkor Micro 105mm f2.8 D for infrared photography. The data are available at the Infrared Photography Lenses Database Depending on the application and the task the infrared photo should be taken, low or high aperture […]

Infrared Photography with Nikon Micro 105mm

terahertz painting
We presented a THz examination of a gilded XIV c. tempera panel at LACONA 2014. The panel  belongs to the Biblioteca comunale di Taormina (Sicily) and it is currently under restoration by Angelo Cristaudo. LACONA  – conference of the Lasers in […]

We were at LACONA 2014, United Arab Emirates

RTI experts 1
CHSOS was invited to deliver a talk on how Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)  is applied for art documentation.RTI is a relevant part of the imaging documentation services in particular when it comes to prints and paintings examination. As part of the LinkSCEEM-2 Project, […]

RTI experts in Cyprus

cultural heritage science open source
CHSOS was invited to present its mission at the eCult Dialogue Day, Tallinn, Estonia in May 14th 2014. “The aim of the eCult Dialogue Day is to identify the technological requirements of museums and cultural heritage owners and present existing […]

Presenting CHSOS mission at eCult Dialogue Day, Tallinn, Estonia

training on multispectral imaging
  CHSOS disseminates low-cost imaging methods for art documentation through the blog and the training programs. I have been asked how much that it will cost. It is pretty straitghforward. You’ll contact me and we’ll discuss length, dates and topics based […]

Training / Costs and fees

pigments checker header
For those who take the 5 days train­ing course it is pro­vided a free Pig­ments checker. This is a col­lec­tion of swatches of 54 his­tor­i­cal pig­ments that have been applied using gum Ara­bic as a binder on a cel­lu­lose and […]

Pigments Checker

multispectral imaging equipment
On-site art examination as well training are CHSOS main activities. They are offered throughout the world thanks to a well-thought out plan to reduce the weight of the equipment and make it transportable into a carry-on and a checked luggage, […]

30 Kilograms of Imaging

tempio di san basilio 5
I participated to a couple of “Digital Invasion” events in Sicily this week. It is an outstanding and growing initiative. ‘Invasioni Digitali’ (Digital Invasions) are mobs of people who support museums and cultural heritage by ‘invading’ them and then documenting […]

The Digital Invasion of Sicily #digitalinvasions

infrared photgraphy 4
Just published  the CHSOS Infrared Pho­tog­ra­phy Lenses Database. Anybody is welcomed to ship their lenses to be tested for infrared photography and be added to the database. Also everybody with a Nikon DSLR camera modified for Infrared is welcomed to […]

Infrared Pho­tog­ra­phy Lenses Database

Rode Imaging Event 2
  I will be in Tallinn –  May 14th -18th  – as an invited speaker at the Rode Imaging Event and as a presenter of  the CHSOS  mission at the  eCult Dialogue Day. The Rode Imaging Event is a large-scale project initiated […]

Meet me in Estonia

multispectral imaging flowchart infrared
A paper on Multispectral Imaging has been published on Heritage Science, “Identification of pigments by multispectral imaging a flowchart method” 2:8, 2014. In this paper I provide a flowchart method to use the multispectral imaging to tentatively identify pigments. I have […]

Identification of pigments by multispectral imaging: a flowchart method

multispectral imaging training
I just gave a training course on Multispectral Imaging and Technical photographic methods to an Art Diagnostics start-up company in Andria, Italy: Terrarossa Studio. The start-up is composed of 3 young cultural heritage scientists, Grazia Ruggiero, Floriana Salvemini and Cristina Caggiani. […]

Training an Art Diagnostics start-up company

panoramic infrared reflectography
“Panoramic Infrared Reflectography. Technical Recommendations” has been published on the International Journal of Conservation Science, IJCS Volume 5, Issue 1, January-March 2014: 51-60. In this paper I provide more detailed information on the new technique of doing infrared reflectography with […]

Panoramic Infrared Reflectography. Technical Recommendations.

terahertz for art examination aci sant'Antonio
I invite international researchers and training students to apply technical art examination methods to field projects in Sicily that I’m already working on with other scientists and Sicilian professionals in the cultural heritage sector. Two weeks ago  I hosted Corinna Koch Dandolo, currently PhD […]

Terahertz in Sicily. Wooden Statues

terahertz corinna kock dandolo 1
I do my best to have international scientists working on Sicilian Art; last week I hosted Corinna Koch Dandolo, currently PhD student at the prestigious DTU (Technical University of Denmark) Fotonik – Department of Photonics Engineering. Her research focuses on developing applications for cultural […]

Terahertz Imaging in Sicily. Newly Discovered Frescoes

silvia amato 2
Silvia Amato is a young conservation scientist. She has been a follower of the “Cultural Heritage Science Open Source” blog and she decided to take the training in multispectral imaging. My goal is to deliver to the professionals I am working with […]

Training a young conservation scientist

Kazimir Malevich 8
This January 2013 I was working on a Malevich’s case and I went through some literature on the technical art examination related to this painter. This post wants to share some thoughts. Fortunately, even if based in Sicily, I have […]

Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935). Technical Art Examination

assoro san leone crocifisso
Muge Uckan took my training on multispectral imaging for art examination in November. She was trained as a painting conservator in Istanbul, the town she currently lives, and in Florence. She’s exploring possibilities to introduce the multispectral imaging  service in […]

Istanbul conservator training in Sicily

antonino cosentino news in conservation
News in Conservation (NiC) just published (issue 39, Dec 2013) a brief article that I wrote to share what I’m doing here in Sicily with other professionals: architects, archaeologists, and conservators.    The article is introduced by the editor: “A […]

Get out of the Lab, now!

antonino cosentino 2013
When I started my Art Documentation & Examination service I couldn’t believe it would have brought me in such many places. Started in late 2012 my first and only customer for that year was the KODE museum in Bergen, Norway, […]

2013 Review

Macro RTI Reflectance Transformation Imaging for prints
The wonderful e-conservation Magazine is now a Journal, and I’m honored that their first number hosts a paper of mine where I discuss some macro photographic methods for RTI, Reflectance Transformation Imaging, to document sub-millimeter surface details on works of […]

Macro Photography for Reflectance Transformation Imaging

FORS Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy pigments identification 3
FORS (Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy) has been used for art examination and art conservation for at least 2 decades for identification of pigments [1, 2, 3, 4] and dyestuffs [5]. The strength of this method is the relatively simplicity of […]

FORS, Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy for Pigments Identification

tatoo multispectral imaging ecuador 1
Last Sept I was giving a 3 weeks training on multispectral imaging for art examination at the Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural in Quito, Ecuador. While we were doing UV fluorescence photography, I noticed in the pitch dark room, my […]

Tatoo. Multispectral Imaging

antonino cosentino training ecuador
In September I was invited to give a 3 weeks training on Multispectral Imaging to the Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural in Quito, Ecuador. Once arrived I helped set up the space to be used as the imaging lab and I […]

Training in Ecuador

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Last September I was giving a 3 weeks training for the Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural (INPC) of Ecuador, in Quito. They already have a well-equipped analytical lab and needed to set up a multispectral imaging studio. I suggested them […]

Panoramic Infrared Reflectography: Xenics Bobcat 320 InGaAs Camera

samantha stout aci
Aci Sant’Antonio, Sicily, it’s my hometown. Anybody visiting me, after a little traveling around in the area, would eventually ask; Aci Sant’Antonio, Acireale, Aci Trezza, Aci Castello, Aci San Filippo…What all those Aci means? The story is told by the […]

Aci Sant’Antonio, Sicily

Camilla Perondi, student in conservation science at University of Bologna, just completed a full-immersion 3-days training on “Technical Imaging for Art” at the Cultural Heritage Science Open Source lab.   Next Training Section 2-6 Sept 2013. Contact me for info (cost, specific […]

Training – Technical Imaging for Art