Rendiconti Lincei. Scienze Fisiche e Naturali

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 499–510 | Cite as

Raphael’s workshop at Villa Farnesina in Rome: the frescoed vault of Cupid and Psyche investigated by macro-X-ray fluorescence scanning

  • Claudio SeccaroniEmail author
  • Nicola Aresi
  • Tommaso Frizzi
  • Chiara Anselmi
  • Antonio Sgamellotti


An acquisition campaign of macro-X-ray fluorescence scanning measurements on the vault of the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche, frescoed by Raphael and his workshop in the Villa Farnesina (Rome), supplied the occasion of testing the potentialities for such diagnostic tool/technique in studying wall paintings in situ. In this paper, the methodological approach is considered in depth, to highlight significant problematics deriving from nature of materials, painting technique and spatial peculiarities of this kind of artwork, as well as from the treatment and decoding of raw data. Data obtained through a single-spot XRF campaign, carried out during the past restorations of the Loggia, have been considered for comparisons.

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MA-XRF Mapping Pigments Fresco painting Raphael Villa Farnesina 



The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and Virginia Lapenta, curator of the Villa Farnesina, are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Seccaroni
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicola Aresi
    • 2
  • Tommaso Frizzi
    • 2
  • Chiara Anselmi
    • 3
  • Antonio Sgamellotti
    • 4
  1. 1.ENEA, SSPT-PROMAS-MATPRO, C.R. CasacciaRomeItaly
  2. 2.XGlab srl, Bruker Nano AnalyticsMilanItaly
  3. 3.CNR-IBAFPoranoItaly
  4. 4.Accademia Nazionale dei LinceiRomeItaly

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