Agilent and the Science of Art Conservation

Did you know?  Museums, conservatories and universities around the world use Agilent for the research, conservation, restoration and authentication of important fine art and historical objects.  Agilent technologies can perform sensitive analyses that are completely non-contact and non-destructive to fragile and priceless artifacts.

Agilent handheld FTIRs can provide characterization and analysis of rare objects, both in the lab and in the field.  Agilent UV-Vis spectrophotometers can provide non-destructive measurement of any surface or material and provide precise color matching.

An Agilent FTIR system was used to investigate the painted doors of the Beigang Chao-Tian Temple in Taiwan.  Constructed in 1694 and famous for its extravagant architecture, the temple is visited by more than a million pilgrims every year.  Researchers were able to analyze the components of the ancient paint mixture, which included calcium carbonate, talc, kaolin clay and cellulose.  This was accomplished without removing samples or disturbing the artifacts.

Agilent instruments are used to investigate paintings, documents, photographs, statuary, architecture and tapestries.  They can also help determine the effects of aging, including damage caused by ultraviolet, thermal and environmental pollution.

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