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Pigment Identification on “The Ecstasy of St. Theresa” Painting by Raman Microscopy

  • D. Marano
  • M. Marmontelli
  • G. E. De Benedetto
  • I. M. Catalano
  • L. Sabbatini
  • F. Vona
Part of the Springer proceedings in physics book series (SPPHY, volume 116)

A study of the pigments of “The Ecstasy of St. Theresa,” a seventeenth century oil painting on canvas, was performed by Raman microscopy. Lazurite was identified in both Jesus Christ’s and St. Theresa’s mantles as the pigment responsible for the blue coloration. Litharge was identified inside the black bitumen layer. Usually the bitumen needed a lot of time to dry in the air when mixed with drying oil. Litharge was used by the artist to decrease the oil drying time. A complementary study, using micro-Raman and SEM, allowed us to identify red ochre as the pigment responsible for the red coloration in the altar on the left side of the painting.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Marano
    • 1
    • 4
  • M. Marmontelli
    • 2
  • G. E. De Benedetto
    • 3
  • I. M. Catalano
    • 1
    • 4
  • L. Sabbatini
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • F. Vona
    • 5
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica “M. Merlin”University of BariBariItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di ChimicaUniversity of BariBariItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Beni delle Arti e della StoriaUniversity of LecceLecceItaly
  4. 4.Laboratorio di Ricerca per la Diagnostica dei Beni Culturali (LAUB)University of BariBariItaly
  5. 5.Soprintendenza per il Patrimonio StoricoArtistico ed Etnoantropologico dele Province di Bari e FoggiaBariItaly

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