Examples of the use of UV-electromagnetic radiation to study selected paintings at the Art Museum of Estonia

Anno 2017/2018

Alar Nurkse


Art Museum of Estonia

Communication with artefacts has relied for centuries on trust in visual contact. Visibility is shaped by material aging, decay and owner corrections etc. However, you can say that a good visibility and tools help enable to identify and distinguish the manufacturing of materials and understand the traces of changes. At the beginning of the past century, it was recognized that a work of art can open up diversely for art historians and restorers-conservators with the help of new technical equipments and observation methods. One modern method introduced was shortwave electromagnetic radiation like ultraviolet wavelength (100-400 nm) region's capabilities. If the human eye sensitivity is capable of sensing 400-700 nm of wave length, the shorter wavelength area of a ultraviolet fluorescence aid transmits information on creative process, on used materials, the composition and the correction traces and allows them to be photo-documented. Poster explains UV research results on different artefacts from the collection of Art Museum of Estonia. UV electromagnetic radiation for disinfection of air has also implemented in the storages of Art Museum of Estonia. The poster will also give an overview on that.

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