I recently blogged about how Agilent plays a role in art conservation, but had difficulty describing in words what our solutions do. When I wrote about how Agilent helped uncover an art forgery, I couldn’t show pictures of the actual paintings because of copyright restrictions.
Fortunately, Agilent has now released a fascinating video that shows real-world demonstrations of Agilent art conservation in action.
Dr. Giovanni Verri is a lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Dr. Verri’s background is in physics, and he explains how he uses an Agilent handheld FTIR to analyze art and historical objects. “Handheld equipment has really made a step change in conservation approaches,” he says, “because it allows you to make decisions when and where they are needed.”
Dr. Verri demonstrates the Agilent FTIR at a palace fort in Nagaur, India. He also uses the instrument to analyze a 17th-century replica of a painting by Raphael. You can view the three-and-a-half-minute video here.
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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