Publication
Title
Assessment of aerosol particles within the Rubens' House Museum in Antwerp, Belgium
Author
Abstract
The majority of researchers, conservators and curators recognise that atmospheric pollution is one of the major threats to works of art. In principle, all atmospheric particles, when deposited onto art objects can be considered harmful because of their potential in causing deterioration. Moreover, under certain conditions, particulate matter can induce and intensify surface damage, particularly because of its potential to serve as centre for moisture condensation and adsorbent of gaseous pollutants. To investigate the potential harm that these particles can cause, comprehensive characterisation of the particulate matter is necessary. Particulate matter was collected at the Rubens' House Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, where a unique exhibit of the paintings and living quarters of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) are seen. Size segregated aerosol samples were collected for analyses of bulk and single particle elemental and molecular compositions. They were analysed by electron probe micro-analysis, utilising facilities for low-Z element determination, and by energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence, to investigate the elemental composition of individual particles and bulk samples, and by micro Raman spectrometry, to elucidate the molecular composition. Results are interpreted separately and as a whole with the specific aim of identifying compounds that could contribute to the chemical reactions taking place on the surfaces of artefacts and which could potentially cause degradation of the objects.
Language
English
Source (journal)
X-ray spectrometry. - London
Publication
London : 2008
ISSN
0049-8246
Volume/pages
37:4(2008), p. 298-303
ISI
000258670600004
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
UAntwerpen
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Research group
Publication type
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 08.10.2008
Last edited 20.11.2017
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