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A dew point signaller for conservation of works of art


All works of art, from paintings, frescoes, sculptures, to monuments and buildings, are affected by diurnal and seasonal variations of the local microclimate, which induce interactions with the environmental atmosphere. Heat and vapour exchanges cause fluxes of heat and mass between the surface and the atmosphere, and may favour the agressivity of environmental pollutants. Condensation-evaporation cycles are recognized as being very important processes which adversely affect the life-time of the work of art. The need to control the microclimate or to stop condensation processes has been resolved by means of a dew-point signaller especially designed to overcome this problem. This paper discusses the characteristics of this device as well as the environmental philosophy which should be followed when conserving works of art.

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Camuffo, D., Valcher, S. A dew point signaller for conservation of works of art. Environ Monit Assess 6, 165–170 (1986).

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  • Atmosphere
  • Seasonal Variation
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Pollutant
  • Important Process