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Klimt artwork: red-pigment material investigation by backscattering Fe-57 Mössbauer spectroscopy, SEM and p-XRF

  • Material tests were performed on a rediscovered Klimt-artwork “Trompetender Putto”. We performed studies on the red colored spots, mainly taken from non-restored parts. MIMOS II Fe-57 Mössbauer spectroscopy (novelty in art-pigment analysis) mainly reveals haematite and crystallized goethite in red colors. Electron microscopy can identify various layers of the original and overpainting of an artwork. The number of layers fluctuates between three and four chemically painted areas. The portable X-ray fluorescence analysis enables to reduce the pigment list to containing mercury (cinnabar), lead, zinc, iron and titanium. Infrared-lightirradiation visualizes the different age of the pigments.

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Author:R. Lehmann, D. Wengerowsky, H.J. Schmidt, M. Kumar, A. Niebur, B.F.O. Costa, F. Dencker, G. Klingelhöfer, Ralf Franz SindelarGND, F. Renz
DOI original:https://doi.org/10.1080/20548923.2017.1399332
Parent Title (English):STAR: Science & Technology of Archaeological Research
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2017
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Hannover
Release Date:2021/03/02
Tag:Klimt: “Trompetender Putto”
Mössbauer spectroscopy; X-ray fluorescence analysis; infra-red-light investigation; pigments; scanning electron microscopy
GND Keyword:Materialcharakterisierung; Klimt, Gustav; Pigment
First Page:450
Last Page:455
Link to catalogue:1757469699
Institutes:Fakultät II - Maschinenbau und Bioverfahrenstechnik
DDC classes:660 Technische Chemie
750 Malerei
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International