In this chapter we will describe the capabilities of Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry to characterize illuminated manuscripts. As complementary techniques, Raman and SEM-EDS Spectroscopy will be also described. The use of these techniques is essential for the understanding of the artists working methods, which aids conservation and restoration of the manuscripts. As a case study, the Renaissance foral charters, from the 16th century, belonging to the Portuguese National Archive will be studied in detail. A complete characterization of parchments, pictorial materials and metallic coatings used in the production of illuminated manuscripts will be performed. Scientific identification of: i) inks used in the written texts; ii) pigments used in the production of coloring materials for the illuminations and inks for letterings, will be carried out. These results will be a key step in the work of conservation and restoration to be undertaken in many illuminated manuscripts, such as the aforementioned charters, which can present very high degrees of deterioration and need urgent intervention.
|Title of host publication||Cultural Heritage: Protection, Developments and International Perspectives|
|Editors||Piero Frediani, Marco Frediani, Luca Rosi|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Nova science publishers|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2013|
|Name||Focus on Civilizations and Cultures|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers|
Arinto, A. A. F. L. G. (2013). Chapter 9: X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry as a diagnostic tool in conservation of illuminated manuscripts. In P. Frediani, M. Frediani, & L. Rosi (Eds.), Cultural Heritage: Protection, Developments and International Perspectives (pp. 235-256). (Focus on Civilizations and Cultures). New York: Nova science publishers.