ARTAX, X-ray fluorescence system

Non-destructive analysis of paintings

Piero di Cosimo, „The Holy Family“; around 1490 - 1500, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, with ARTAX in front
“The Holy Family” by P. d. Cosimo, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

This example discusses the analysis of a valuable painting by the Italian renaissance artist Piero di Cosimo to determine the reasons for its partial decay, especially in areas which contain blue paint. More info

Characterization of historical pigments

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Dating of colored Dürer copperplate prints by pigment analysis

It is well known, when certain pigments have come into use. It is therefore possible to determine the age of paintings and prints by analyzing their pigment content with µ-XRF. This application example assigns two Dürer prints to different periods. More info

Analysis of historical ink

Enlargement of an original manuscript by Johann Sebastian Bach, Serenade for Leopold of Saxony-Koethen
Manuscript by J. S. Bach, Serenade for Leopold of Saxony-Koethen

Iron gall ink was in widespread use throughout the 16th to 18th centuries. µ-XRF analysis provides important information for provenance and dating of documents written in iron gall ink. More info

Provenance studies on ceramics

Enlargement of an original manuscript by Johann Sebastian Bach, Serenade for Leopold of Saxony-Koethen
Analyzed sherds from Guatemala and Mexico

This example illustrates the application of XRF spectrometry as fast and reliable method for provenance studies. Ceramic sherds of different origins were chemically characterized and regionally allocated. More info