Fra Angelico’s painting technique revealed by terahertz time-domain imaging (THz-TDI)

Corinna Ludovica Koch Dandolo, Marcello Picollo, Costanza Cucci, Peter Uhd Jepsen

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    We have investigated with terahertz time-domain imaging (THz-TDI) the well-known Lamentation over the dead Christ panel painting (San Marco Museum, Florence) painted by Fra Giovanni Angelico within 1436 and 1441. The investigation provided a better understanding of the construction and gilding technique used by the eminent artist, as well as the plastering technique used during the nineteenth-century restoration intervention. The evidence obtained from THz-TDI scans was correlated with the available documentation on the preservation history of the art piece. Erosion and damages documented for the wooden support, especially in the lower margin, found confirmation in the THz-TD images.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number898
    JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing
    Issue number10
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Chemistry (all)
    • Materials Science (all)
    • Painting
    • Plating
    • Florence
    • Painting techniques
    • Restoration intervention
    • Tera Hertz
    • Time-domain imaging
    • Time domain analysis
    • Physics
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Optical and Electronic Materials
    • Nanotechnology
    • Characterization and Evaluation of Materials
    • Surfaces and Interfaces, Thin Films
    • Operating Procedures, Materials Treatment
    • SC12


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