The talk will introduce some of the data from recent studies of paintings at the Courtauld using scanning x ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) and near infrared (NIR) imaging. The images have provided novel information about the materials and techniques used for some of the Courtauld Gallery’s most important pictures. The new insights and issues related to interpretation of the results of these novel imaging techniques will be discussed.
Professor Aviva Burnstock is Head of the Department of Conservation & Technology at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she took a Ph.D. (1991) having done a Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings (1984). She was a Joop Los Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Physics (FOM/AMOLF) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (2003-5), worked in the Scientific Department of the National Gallery, London from 1986-1992 after spending a year as a conservator in Australia with the Regional Galleries Association of New South Wales. She has a BSc. in Neurobiology from the University of Sussex, England. She has published widely in the field of painting techniques and materials and aspects of conservation practice.