Non-destructive Analysis of Historical Paintings with Spatially Resolved XRF

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A scan of Rembrandt's Homerus showing the distribution of lead (white lead)
A scan of Rembrandt's "Homerus" showing the distribution of lead (white lead)
The M6 JETSTREAM enables the elemental analysis of large sample areas via Micro-XRF spectrometry.

Micro-XRF spectrometry has proven to be a most effective tool in cultural heritage science. This webinar introduces the X-ray fluorescence scanner M6 JETSTREAM and focuses on the non-destructive analysis of paintings. Here the elemental analysis not only permits seeing an original’s hidden layers, where alterations were performed, but also determining the constituents of inorganic pigments used. This makes the method most valuable for the understanding of artistic processes, painting authentication and conservation of paintings.

Special guest of this webinar will be Prof. Joris Dik. He is one of the first users of the M6 JETSTREAM and has also participated in its development. Prof. Dik will present exciting examples of his work, for instance the analysis of Rembrandt's "Homerus".

A Q&A session will round off the webinar.


  • Prof. Dr. Joris Dik, Antoni van Leeuwenhook Chair, Materials in Art and Archeology, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Andreas Wittkopp, Business Manager Micro-XRF – EMEA Region, Bruker Nano, Berlin, Germany

Who should attend?

  • Researchers working in cultural heritage science
  • Curators, conservators and scientific staff of museums and galleries
  • XRF users interested in new applications of the method

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