1. On the application of Optical Coherence Tomography as a complimentary tool in a analysis of the 13th century Byzantine Bessarion Reliquary

    On the application of Optical Coherence Tomography as a complimentary tool in a analysis of the 13th century Byzantine Bessarion Reliquary

    This work presents the results of an application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to examination a 13th century Byzantine reliquary of unparalleled artistic and historical value. The aim of this work, performed at the initial stage, before the restoration, was focused on the resolution of cleaning procedures regarding both the thick, old varnish and the gold leaf details finely applied on the painted parts of the artwork by means of an integrated approach of non-invasive and invasive analyses and diagnostics. The results allow definition of the thickness of the varnishes, their inner morphology and establishes the presence (or absence) of ...

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