NIR Spectroscopy Applied to Works of Art

November 14, 2016 - November 14, 2016

NIR Spectroscopy Applied to Works of Art

In November, our spectroscopy webinar focused on the application of NIR spectroscopy to works of art and featured ASD's FieldSpec® 4 Spectroradiometer.

In this webinar you will learn about:

  • The role of UV-Vis-NIR reflectance and luminescence spectroscopy in a museum context 
  • Protocols and instrumentation used 
  • The challenges of cultural heritage analysis: fragile and light-sensitive material, lack of robust reference samples 
  • Examples of specific discoveries made with this method on easel paintings, illuminated manuscripts, historic textiles 

About our Speakers: Dr. Paola Ricciardi and Dr. John Delaney

Dr. Paola Ricciardi is a Research Scientist at The Fitzwilliam Museum (University of Cambridge)where she is responsible for the scientific aspects of the MINIARE research project ( She holds a PhD in Cultural Heritage Science from the University of Florence and a Master’s Degree in Physics from the University of Rome. Before joining the Fitzwilliam Museum in October 2011, she spent three years at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC as the Samuel H. Kress post-doctoral Fellow in Imaging Science.

Her main research interests include the technical analysis of cultural heritage objects, particularly with non-invasive analytical methods; the study of artists’ materials and techniques; and the transfer of knowledge between artists and craftsmen working in different media.

Dr. John Delaney is the Andrew W. Mellon Senior Imaging Scientist at the National Gallery of Art, where his research focuses on the development of in situ imaging methods for art conservation and understanding of the optical properties of varnishes. Prior to joining the Gallery he was Chief Scientist and Systems Engineering Manager for the U2 Business Unit of Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems, Goodrich Cooperation. He received his Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Arizona and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 


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