Non-invasive analysis of a 15th century illuminated manuscript fragment: point-based vs imaging spectroscopy
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Legrand, S., Ricciardi, P., Nodari, L., & Janssens, K. (2018). Non-invasive analysis of a 15th century illuminated manuscript fragment: point-based vs imaging spectroscopy. Microchemical Journal, 138 162-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.microc.2018.01.001
Illuminatedmanuscript fragments are some of the best preserved objects ofWestern cultural heritage. Therefore, scholars are limited to non-invasive - often point-based - methods, to answer questions on material usage, technique, origin and previous treatments. These powerful methods yield specific information; however, the information is limited to the number of points analyzed. Imaging spectroscopies such as MA-XRF and MA-rFTIR combine specificity with the power of imaging, resulting in distribution images that are interpretable by nonspectroscopists and the public at large. In this paper the possible added value of using imaging spectroscopy is discussed. Do these methods yield the same results as an extensive point-based spectroscopic campaign and can they bring novel information? As a case study, a 15th century illuminated manuscript fragment is employed in order to explore the differences between these approaches and present an inventory of their advantages and limitations.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.microc.2018.01.001
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/283409