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 Turkey. As usual, I like to have the training students involved in the art examination projects I do volunteer and promote in Sicily together with other professionals: architects, archaeologists and conservators. Muge’s one week (5 days) training program was pretty packed with visits to 3 field projects.

multispectral imaging training

Muge Uckan visited field projects in Assoro and Aci Sant’Antonio for her training on multispectral imaging.

 

1st day. Newly discovered Frescoes in my hometown, Aci Sant’Antonio. Muge was involved in the FORS (Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy) examination of the newly discovered frescoes in Aci Sant’Antonio which were already examined with multispectral imaging and X-ray Fluorescence. We also did some further multispectral documentation.

 

frescoes aci sant'antonio

Muge was involved in the FORS (Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy) examination of the newly discovered frescoes in Aci Sant’Antonio. The mobile FORS system, on the windowsill, was kindly provided by GHT Photonics, Italian distributor for Ocean Optics.

 

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A picture of myself taken by Muge with her iPhone while I was saving the FORS spectra (Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy) and she was selecting points on the Fresco. The mobile FORS system, on the windowsill, was kindly provided by GHT Photonics, Italian distributor for Ocean Optics.

 

3rd day. Sicilian cart. Aci S.Antonio is hon­ored to host the famous Mas­ter Domenico Di Mauro, cur­rently 100 years old! His pieces are exposed in muse­ums around the world such as Moscow and Tokyo.  The renowned Sicil­ian hos­pi­tal­ity made our work so easy. We were hosted in the painter’s stu­dio and we had access to the old­est pieces in his col­lec­tion dat­ing back to the early decades of the XX century.

sicilian cart

Muge is taking FORS spectra on a Sicilian cart board dated back to 1930s. The mobile FORS system was kindly provided by GHT Photonics, Italian distributor for Ocean Optics.

 

5th day. Assoro. This is a medieval village in the heart of Sicily.Thanks to the col­lab­o­ra­tion with Raf­faello di Mauro it is possible to access the many art­works which Assoro pre­serves. Raf­faello  is an con­ser­va­tion archi­tect with more than 20 years of expe­ri­ence in Sicil­ian archi­tec­ture and he has been work­ing on the con­ser­va­tion of a num­ber or his­tor­i­cal build­ings in Assoro.

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Muge is performing high resolution multispectral imaging documentation of the crucifix in the San Leone church in Assoro.

It turned out Muge is also a keen photographer and she enjoyed taking pictures in Aci Sant’Antonio, Assoro and Mount Etna.