How to use Technical Photography for mural paintings

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 documentation of wall paintings in Sicily. Visible, ultraviolet and infrared photography coupled with panoramic and mosaic stitching methods have been implemented on a cycle of 18th century frescoes, depicting the last days of Christ on earth which were recently discovered in Aci Sant’Antonio (Sicily). The paintings survive along the corners of an originally square chapel that was altered in the early 20th century, acquiring the current octagonal plan.

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A. Cosentino, M. Gil, M. Ribeiro, R. Di Mauro “Technical Photography for mural paintings: the newly discovered frescoes in Aci Sant’Antonio (Sicily, Italy)” Conservar Património 20, 23-33, 2014.

This study illustrates the methodological challenges that were posed for the examination of these mural paintings since the access was limited by the 20th century remodeling.

Raking light photography was used to reveal the paintings’ state of conservation, details of the plaster work and painting techniques. Ultraviolet fluorescence (UVF) and Infrared false color photography (IRFC) were also performed to evaluate areas of interest for further analytical and diagnostic studies.

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The first striking feature is the lack of giornate. Only pontate are clearly seen in all the scenes thus indicating that in the larger paint areas, a mixed of fresco and secco technique would have been used. The Crucifix chapel has been one of CHSOS field projects for the training programs since 2013. This documentation work has been completed during the training program delivered in October 2014 for the Hercules Laboratory (Portugal). Indeed, CHSOS enjoyed the collaboration with Milene Gil, a conservator specialized in mural paintings, and  Mauel Ribeiro, a photographer specialized in historical architecture. Their respective expertise was an excellent addition to the technical skills provided by the CHSOS training programs. The paper can be downloaded from Conservar Património:  A. Cosentino, M. Gil, M. Ribeiro, R. Di Mauro “Technical Photography for mural paintings: the newly discovered frescoes in Aci Sant’Antonio (Sicily, Italy)” Conservar Património 20, 23-33, 2014.

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Training October 2014 for the Hercules Laboratory. Manuel and Antonino documenting wall painting with mosaic stitching method.

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Download “Technical Photography for mural paintings: the newly discovered frescoes in Aci Sant’Antonio (Sicily, Italy)” to learn about raking photography with infrared light.

 

CHSOS will discuss Technical Photography and multispectral imaging in the upcoming Colours 2015 conference.

Hope to meet you there! CHSOS will give a talk about “Innovation and Sustainability in Technical Art Examination and Color Documentation”.

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Colours 2015. international conference in Évora University (Portugal) from Sept 24 to 26, 2015. Abstracts submission deadline April 30. CHSOS is invited speaker.

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Moshe Caine March 2, 2015 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Hi Antonino.
    Great article !
    Moshe

    • Antonino Cosentino March 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks! The great pro of these training programs that I keep organizing is to bring here at the CHSOS studio professionals with different background and interests and so the learn from there as much as I teach. 🙂

  2. Album Nunta April 2, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Wow! Superb architecture photography! Interesting perspective and composition.

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