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2013 Review

When I started my Art Documentation & Examination service I couldn’t believe it would have brought me in such many places. Started in late 2012 my first and only customer for that year was the Bergen Museum of Art in Norway, where 50 paintings by Edvard Munch where documented.

Tatoo. Multispectral Imaging

Last Sept I was giving a 3 weeks training on multispectral imaging for art examination at the Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural in Quito, Ecuador. While we were doing UV fluorescence photography, I noticed in the pitch dark room, my student was glowing in the dark. It turned out it was his tattoo.

Training in Ecuador

In September I was invited to give a 3 weeks training on Multispectral Imaging to the Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural in Quito, Ecuador. Once arrived I helped set up the space to be used as the imaging lab and I worked on putting together and testing the equipment.

Tablets and Multispectral Imaging on Archeomatica

This September I was  doing a 3 weeks training on multispectral imaging for the Ecuadorian Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural in Quito, Ecuador, when I got the news that it was just published on Archeomatica my paper on the use of tablets for multispectral imaging analysis of art work,  “Ipad e tablet per l’indagine multispettrale...

Modica, Sicily

Modica, Sicily, is probably as much famous for its Sicilian baroque architecture – being UNESCO site -  as for its chocolate, produced with an ancient and original Aztec recipe introduced during the Spanish domination in the 16th century.

Aci Sant’Antonio, Sicily

Aci Sant’Antonio, Sicily, it’s my hometown. Anybody visiting me, after a little traveling around in the area, would eventually ask; Aci Sant’Antonio, Acireale, Aci Trezza, Aci Castello, Aci San Filippo…What all those Aci means? The story is told by the Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BC – AD 18), known as Ovid.

Sicilian Stucco

Contributed by Samantha Stout Antonino Cosentino has been a valuable reference for my Ph.D. research, which I am completing within the Center of Interdisciplinary Science in Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3) at the University of California, San Diego.   My base for field research is in Florence, Italy and it was easy to make the trip to Sicily.

Panoramic Infrared Reflectography. Kolor Panogear

I just got a Kolor Panogear panoramic head to be tested for Panoramic Infrared Reflectography. I definitely welcome companies to send me their products for evaluation for the specific tasks of art examination. Panoramic photography can be performed using an automatic panoramic head, which can be programmed to rotate the camera around the entrance pupil of the lens.

Syracuse, Catacombs

Saman­tha Stout is cur­rently a Ph.D. stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Diego. She is under­taking part of her PhD research in Sicily, and I’m helping out so she may have access to various Sicilian Cultural Heritage sites.


Samantha Stout is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego. She is in the Materials Science and Engineering program and conducts research on scientific methods for cultural heritage analysis, both in San Diego, and Florence, Italy.

GIMP for Infrared False Color

This post, as the previous, stems from the necessity to make a reasonable budget for a museum that asked me to set up their imaging lab.  Photoshop is expensive and not necessary for the basic photo editing that an imaging lab for conservation would perform. Post-Processing The Free alternative to Photoshop has a well-known name.