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Neutron Autoradiography of the painting Armida abducts the sleeping Rinaldo (~1637) by Nicolas Poussin

Investigation of old masters paintings by means of neutron autoradiography

 

C. Laurenze-Landsberg, C. Schmidt1, L.A. Mertens, B. Schröder-Smeibidl

In close collaboration, the Berlin Picture Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz) and the Hahn-Meitner Institute investigate old masters paintings by means of neutron autoradiography. Neutron autoradiography is a very effective, non-destructive, but rather exceptional method applied in the examination and analysis of materials and techniques used in painting. It allows the visualization of structures and layers under the visible surface and, in addition, enables one to identify in detail the elements contained in the pigments. The instrument B8 at the Berlin Neutron Scattering Center BENSC is dedicated to these investigations. [more]