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Scientific analysis underpinning the multidisciplinary project “The Leman Album: an Enhanced Facsimile”

  • Rosarosa MancaEmail author
  • Lucia Burgio
  • Victoria Button
  • Clare Browne
  • Olivia Horsfall Turner
  • Jane Rutherston
  • Laura Cartechini
  • Brenda Doherty
  • Chiara Grazia
  • Marco Paolantoni
  • Francesca Rosi
  • Marco Barucci
  • Raffaella Fontana
  • Aurélie Tournie
  • Christine Andraud
  • Anne Michelin
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  1. Focus Point on Scientific Research in Conservation Science

Abstract.

The Leman Album is Europe’s earliest group of dated designs for woven silk known to survive. For the past two years it has been studied by scientists, conservators, curators, archivists, makers and historians, using a truly interdisciplinary approach under the auspices of the V&A Research Institute (VARI), generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This paper focuses on the scientific analysis of the designs, which pursued multiple targets, such as investigating the nature of degradation processes, e.g., fading or darkening of the pigments and dyes; uncovering the underdrawing and any amendments; and identifying the artists’ materials, in order to inform conservation, storage and handling procedures. The analyses took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and involved V&A staff as well as researchers from other institutions through the EU-funded consortium IPERION-CH. Selected results will be made available to the wider public through a web-based platform: the “enhanced facsimile”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosarosa Manca
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Lucia Burgio
    • 1
  • Victoria Button
    • 1
  • Clare Browne
    • 1
  • Olivia Horsfall Turner
    • 1
  • Jane Rutherston
    • 1
  • Laura Cartechini
    • 3
  • Brenda Doherty
    • 3
    • 4
  • Chiara Grazia
    • 3
    • 4
  • Marco Paolantoni
    • 4
    • 5
  • Francesca Rosi
    • 3
  • Marco Barucci
    • 6
  • Raffaella Fontana
    • 6
  • Aurélie Tournie
    • 7
  • Christine Andraud
    • 7
  • Anne Michelin
    • 7
  1. 1.Victoria and Albert MuseumSouth KensingtonLondonUK
  2. 2.Earth Sciences DepartmentUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  3. 3.Istituto CNR di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari (CNR-ISTM)PerugiaItaly
  4. 4.Centro di Eccellenza SMAArt, c/o Dipartimento di Chimica, Biologia e BiotecnologieUniversità degli Studi di PerugiaPerugiaItaly
  5. 5.Dipartimento di Chimica Biologia e Biotecnologie dell’Università degli Studi di PerugiaPerugiaItaly
  6. 6.Istituto Nazionale di Ottica - CNRFirenzeItaly
  7. 7.Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation (CRC, USR 3224), Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, CNRS; CP21ParisFrance

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