October 2013

September 2013

Modica, Sicily

Modica, Sicily, is probably as much famous for its Sicilian baroque architecture – being UNESCO site -  as for its chocolate, produced with an ancient and original Aztec recipe introduced during the Spanish domination in the 16th century. Church of San Pietro, Modica, Sicily. Samantha Stout and our equipment. The left chapel in [...]

Sicilian Stucco

Contributed by Samantha Stout Antonino Cosentino has been a valuable reference for my Ph.D. research, which I am completing within the Center of Interdisciplinary Science in Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3) at the University of California, San Diego.   My base for field research is in Florence, Italy and it was easy to make the [...]

August 2013


Samantha Stout is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego. She is in the Materials Science and Engineering program and conducts research on scientific methods for cultural heritage analysis, both in San Diego, and Florence, Italy.  Lately, she has been a contributor to this blog and I have been discussing with her [...]

July 2013

Training – Technical Imaging for Art

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 dates, lodging, traveling). Camilla participated to the July 15-17th section of the training program held [...]

May 2013

Technical Imaging for Art. Training

Since I launched the blog I’ve been asked for hints and recommendations from people interested in Technical Imaging of Art, which means multispectral imaging and the other photographic techniques such as RTI. I’ve been happy to provide as much support I could by emails and Skype calls. Though, I found out some professionals, collectors and [...]

February 2013

Teaching Scientific Art Examination

Last year I was teaching Scientific Art Examination in an Art College in New York, the Pratt Institute. The following material could be useful for those educational institutions interested in developing a course on scientific examination of art. In 2009- 2010 I was working on a huge proposal for the US National Science Foundation program ISE (Informal [...]