The scientific investigation of artwork and archaeological artefacts: Raman microscopy as a structural, analytical and forensic tool
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- Clark, R. Appl. Phys. A (2007) 89: 833. doi:10.1007/s00339-007-4212-5
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The impact of Raman microscopy on the study of artwork and archaeological artefacts is outlined. Important recent case studies are presented to illustrate the power of the technique to answer – either alone or in conjunction with other techniques – key questions of great art historical, conservational, cultural, archaeological and scientific interest. Raman microscopy also offers, via pigment identification, the possibility of testing the attribution of artwork, a matter which should be of great concern to galleries, auction houses and museums.