Reflectance Spectroscopy (RS) 2017-08-06T22:38:16+00:00

Reflectance Spectroscopy (RS)

In the analysis of polychrome artworks, among the techniques available in a portable version, Reflectance Spectroscopy (RS) has been established as a powerful one for the identification of pigments. The peculiar advantage of this method with respect to the other spectroscopies most commonly used, such as XRF and Raman, is that the RS equipment can be assembled with relatively low-cost components.Reflectance Spectroscopy shows, for each wavelength, the ratio between the intensity of the reflected light and the incident light, measured with respect to a standard white reference (reflectance). The reflectance spectra provide information useful for the identification of pigments.


We developed Gorgias, our Reflectance Spectroscopy System specifically designed for the examination of Art and Archaeology. Click here and read more about Gorgias.


Applications in Art examination

Gorgias,  our Reflectance Spectroscopy System, allows to identify pigments.

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Learn this method. Our RS Training module

The Reflectance Spectroscopy (RS) Training module discusses the procedures for pigments’ identification using a spectral database and our affordable spectrometer.


Publications on Reflectance Spectroscopy
A. Cosentino “FORS spectral database of historical pigments in different binders” e-conservation Journal 2, 57–68, 2014.
A. Cosentino “FORS, Fiber Optics Reflectance Spec­troscopy con gli spet­trometri minia­tur­iz­zati per l’identificazione dei pig­menti” Archeo­mat­ica, 1, 16–22, 2014.
A. Cosentino “Transmittance spectroscopy and transmitted multispectral imaging to map covered paints” Conservar Património 24, 37-45, 2016.

Training Programs 2018

Interested in our methods for Art examination? Attend our Training programs!  We offer training programs in Italy or delivered abroad to your institution.
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