Elemental Analysis of Paintings, Ceramics and Other Challenging Surfaces
X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) is a non-invasive technique that allows for the elemental analysis of culturally important objects with robust and reproducible data within only a few minutes. Handheld XRF instruments are increasingly becoming an indispensable tool for the elemental analysis of various types of art objects, whether these are made of ceramic or bronze, or posess a painted surface.
This second webinar in our handheld and portable XRF for cultural heritage series builds on the foundations laid in our first webinar. As we delve deeper into this topic we will provide guidelines to the following concerns that every researcher or conservator inevitably encounters:
- The preparation of non-ideal samples to gain representative and repeatable qualitative and quantitative elemental analysis
- The qualitative interpretation of XRF spectra
- Ambiguity in results
Based on these guidelines, we will suggest a game plan to use when approaching an analytical project involving non-ideal samples in the fields of cultural heritage and art conservation.