Publication
Title
Casting light on the darkening of colors in historical paintings
Author
Abstract
The degradation of colors in historical paintings affects our cultural heritage in both museums and archeological sites. Despite intensive experimental studies, the origin of darkening of one of the most ancient pigments known to humankind, vermilion (α-HgS), remains unexplained. Here, by combining many-body theoretical spectroscopy and high-resolution microscopic x-ray diffraction, we clarify the composition of the damaged paint work and demonstrate possible physicochemical processes, induced by illumination and exposure to humidity and air, that cause photoactivation of the original pigment and the degradation of the secondary minerals. The results suggest a new path for the darkening process which was never considered by previous studies and prompt a critical examination of their findings.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Physical review letters. - New York, N.Y.
Publication
New York, N.Y. : 2013
ISSN
0031-9007
Volume/pages
111:20(2013), p. 1-5
Article Reference
208302
ISI
000327244500003
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
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Counting Atoms in Nanomaterials (COUNTATOMS).
Exploring electron vortex beams (VORTEX).
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Subject
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 19.11.2013
Last edited 05.09.2017
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