Spectral damage model for lighted museum paintings: Oil, acrylic and gouache



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Mayorga Pinilla, Santiago and Vázquez Moliní, Daniel and Álvarez Fernández-Balbuena, Antonio and Muro, Carmen and Muñóz, Javier (2016) Spectral damage model for lighted museum paintings: Oil, acrylic and gouache. Journal of Cultural Heritage . ISSN 1296-2074 (In Press)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2016.05.005


A spectral aging test was developed to estimate the photochemical damage of oil, acrylic and gouache paints exposed to permanent lighting. The paints were irradiated at seven different wavelengths in the optical range to control and evaluate their spectral behaviour. To reach this objective, boxes with isolated aging cells were made. In each of box, one LED of a different wavelength and one photodiode were installed. Inside the boxes, the temperature of an exhibit area was recreated through a thermocouple sensor that controlled the temperature using a fan. The heat produced by the LED was dissipated by a thermal radiator. Moreover, to evaluate the exposure time dependence of the irradiation level, the test was performed using two different irradiation levels in ten exposure series. After each series, the spectral reflectance was measured, and the data collected for each paint and wavelength were used to develop a model of damage produced by the interaction between the spectral radiant exposure and the paint.

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Versión preprint.
Received 4 January 2016. Accepted 9 May 2016.
Avalaible online 1 june 2016. Corrected proof.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Aging, photochemical effect, paint samples, relative damage, spectral radiant
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Optics
Humanities > Fine Arts > Conservation and restoration
ID Code:37886
Deposited On:17 Oct 2016 15:15
Last Modified:17 Oct 2016 15:22

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