When It Is Not Only About Color: The Importance of Hyperspectral Imaging Applied to the Investigation of Paintings

  • Tatiana VitorinoEmail author
  • Andrea Casini
  • Costanza Cucci
  • Marcello Picollo
  • Lorenzo Stefani
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10213)


This paper illustrates some of the developments achieved in the field of non-contact analytical tools for two-dimensional polychrome artworks. It reports significant advantages within the application of hyperspectral imaging for high-quality documentation, accurate color reproduction, study of artists’ materials and techniques, and identification of past conservation treatments. In particular, Dürer’s oil painting on panel, Adoration of the Magi (1504), was analyzed with a pushbroom hyperspectral imaging system in the visible-near-infrared range (Vis-NIR, 400–900 nm). The results obtained, including high-resolution color-accurate and false-color images, as well as high-resolution reflectance spectra, are reported and discussed, and the importance of hyperspectral imaging applied to the investigation of paintings is shown.


Color-accurate image False-color image Hyperspectral imaging Oil painting Reflectance spectroscopy 



The authors would like to thank the Uffizi Gallery for having given permission for the analysis of the painting. The authors are also grateful to the conservators who were involved in the maintenance and restoration of the painting for their invaluable support and exchange of information. Tatiana Vitorino acknowledges the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT-MEC) for PhD grant PD/BD/105902/2014.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tatiana Vitorino
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Andrea Casini
    • 1
  • Costanza Cucci
    • 1
  • Marcello Picollo
    • 1
  • Lorenzo Stefani
    • 1
  1. 1.“Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics of the National Research CouncilSesto Fiorentino, FlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Department of Conservation and Restoration and LAQV-REQUIMTE, Faculty of Sciences and TechnologyNOVA University of LisbonCaparicaPortugal

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