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Technical photography for mural paintings: the newly discovered frescoes in Aci Sant'Antonio (Sicily, Italy)

A. Cosentino1,*, M. Gil2, M. Ribeiro3, R. Di Mauro4

1 Cultural Heritage Science Open Source, Piazza Cantarella, 11 Aci Sant'Antonio, 95025, Italy

2 Hercules Laboratory, Évora University, Palácio do Vimioso 8, 7000-809 Évora, Portugal

3 Professional photographer (freelancer)

4 Professional architect (freelancer)

* antoninocose@gmail.com

Abstract

A cycle of 18th century frescoes, depicting the last days of Christ on earth, were recently discovered in Aci Sant'Antonio (Sicily, Italy). The paintings survive along the corners of an originally square chapel that was altered in the early 20th century, acquiring the current octagonal plan. This paper presents the results of the technical photography documentation of these wall paintings and illustrates the methodological challenges that were posed during their examination. Raking light photography was used to reveal the paintings' state of conservation, details of the plaster work and painting techniques. Ultraviolet fluorescence and infrared false color photography were also performed to evaluate areas of interest for further analytical and diagnostic studies. The first striking feature is the lack of giornate. Only pontate are clearly seen in all the scenes thus indicating that in the larger paint areas, a mixed of fresco and secco technique would have been used.

Keywords

Panoramic photography
Infrared photography
Ultraviolet photography
Raking light photography
Infrared false color
Mural paintings.

Language

English

DOI

10.14568/cp2015001

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Conservar Património:
Cosentino, A.; Gil, M.; Ribeiro, M.; Mauro, R. D., 'Technical photography for mural paintings: the newly discovered frescoes in Aci Sant'Antonio (Sicily, Italy)', Conservar Património 20 (2014) 23-33, https://doi.org/10.14568/cp2015001.

APA:
Cosentino, A., Gil, M., Ribeiro, M., & Mauro, R. D. (2014). Technical photography for mural paintings: the newly discovered frescoes in Aci Sant'Antonio (Sicily, Italy). Conservar Património, 20 23-33. DOI:10.14568/cp2015001.

Chicago:
Cosentino, A., M. Gil, M. Ribeiro, and R. Di Mauro. 2014. "Technical photography for mural paintings: the newly discovered frescoes in Aci Sant'Antonio (Sicily, Italy)." Conservar Património 20:23-33. doi:10.14568/cp2015001.

NP405:
COSENTINO, A. [et al.] – Technical photography for mural paintings: the newly discovered frescoes in Aci Sant'Antonio (Sicily, Italy). Conservar Património. [Em linha]. 20 (2014) 23-33 [Consult. ]. Disponível em WWW: <URL:https://doi.org/10.14568/cp2015001>. ISSN 21829942.

ABNT:
COSENTINO, A. et al. Technical photography for mural paintings: the newly discovered frescoes in Aci Sant'Antonio (Sicily, Italy). Conservar Património, Lisboa, v. 20, p. 23-33, 2014. Disponível em: <https://doi.org/10.14568/cp2015001>. Acesso em: .

History

Received: 2015-1-11
Accepted: 2015-2-5
Online: 2015-2-9
Publication: 2015-2-27

References

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2 Cosentino, A.; Caggiani, M. C.; Ruggiero, G.; Salvemini, F., 'Panoramic multispectral imaging: training and case studies', Bulletin - Association Professionelle de Conservateurs-Restaurateurs d'Oeuvres d'Art (2014) 7-11, http://www.brk-aproa.org/uploads/bulletins/BULLETIN%202-14%20kleur.pdf.

3 Cosentino, A., 'Panoramic infrared reflectography. Technical Recommendations', International Journal of Conservation Science 5(1) (2014) 51-60, http://www.ijcs.uaic.ro/public/IJCS-14-05-Cosentino.pdf.

4 Cosentino, A.; Stout, S.; Di Mauro, R.; Perondi, C., 'The Crucifix Chapel of Aci Sant'Antonio: newly discovered frescoes', Archeomatica 2 (2014) 36-42, http://issuu.com/geomedia/docs/archeomatica_2_2014?e=1225360/9272033.

5 Galli, S.; Barone, G.; Crupi, V.; Majolino, D.; Migliardo, P.; Pontero, R.,'Spectroscopic techniques for the investigation of Sicilian Cultural Heritage: two different applications', in Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Molecular and Structural Archaeology: Cosmetic and Therapeutic Chemicals, ed. G. Tsoucaris, J. Lipkowski, Kluwer Academic Press, Dordrecht (2002) 85-106.

6 Cosentino A.; Stout S., 'Photoshop and multispectral imaging for art documentation', e-Preservation Science 11 (2014) 91- 98, http://www.morana-rtd.com/e-preservationscience/2014/ePS_2014_a11_Cosentino.pdf.

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9 Cosentino, A., 'Identification of pigments by multispectral imaging; a flowchart method', Heritage Science 2 (2014) 8, doi:10.1186/2050-7445-2-8.

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