In the present work, a complete non-invasive scientific investigation of six Utagawa Kunisada’s woodblock prints (nishiki-e) belonging to the Oriental Art Museum “E. Chiossone” (Genoa, Italy), was performed in situ. The campaign started with high resolution multiband imaging (visible, multiband fluorescence, near infrared) followed by reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) to characterize and highlight the peculiar printing techniques and the condition of the support. Then fiber optics reflectance spectroscopy (FORS), spectrofluorimetry, Raman and reflectance Fouri-er-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies were successfully applied in synergy for the inves-tigation of the printing materials (pigments, binders, support). The results obtained represent a set of very important information for these never-before-studied works of art, useful to the different professionals involved: historians, conservators and curators. The materials identified were completely in agreement with those traditionally used in the Edo period in the 19th century, while the computational imaging technique RTI gave an additional amount of information in terms of surface characterization that could not be overlooked when studying these works of art. RTI data were further processed to enhance the texture visualization.

From Materials to Technique: A Complete Non-Invasive Investigation of a Group of Six Ukiyo-E Japanese Woodblock Prints of the Oriental Art Museum E. Chiossone (Genoa, Italy) / M. Gargano, M. Longoni, V. Pesce, M. Chiara Palandri, A. Canepari, N.G. Ludwig, S. Bruni. - In: SENSORS. - ISSN 1424-8220. - 22:(2022), pp. 8772.1-8772.18. [10.3390/s22228772]

From Materials to Technique: A Complete Non-Invasive Investigation of a Group of Six Ukiyo-E Japanese Woodblock Prints of the Oriental Art Museum E. Chiossone (Genoa, Italy)

M. Gargano
Primo
;
M. Longoni
Secondo
;
V. Pesce;N.G. Ludwig
Penultimo
;
S. Bruni
Ultimo
2022

Abstract

In the present work, a complete non-invasive scientific investigation of six Utagawa Kunisada’s woodblock prints (nishiki-e) belonging to the Oriental Art Museum “E. Chiossone” (Genoa, Italy), was performed in situ. The campaign started with high resolution multiband imaging (visible, multiband fluorescence, near infrared) followed by reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) to characterize and highlight the peculiar printing techniques and the condition of the support. Then fiber optics reflectance spectroscopy (FORS), spectrofluorimetry, Raman and reflectance Fouri-er-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies were successfully applied in synergy for the inves-tigation of the printing materials (pigments, binders, support). The results obtained represent a set of very important information for these never-before-studied works of art, useful to the different professionals involved: historians, conservators and curators. The materials identified were completely in agreement with those traditionally used in the Edo period in the 19th century, while the computational imaging technique RTI gave an additional amount of information in terms of surface characterization that could not be overlooked when studying these works of art. RTI data were further processed to enhance the texture visualization.
Japanese woodblock print; multiband imaging; UV fluorescence; visible induced luminescence; reflectance transformation imaging; Raman spectroscopy; reflectance FTIR spectroscopy; spec-trofluorimetry; fiber optic reflectance spectroscopy
Settore CHIM/01 - Chimica Analitica
Settore CHIM/12 - Chimica dell'Ambiente e dei Beni Culturali
Settore FIS/07 - Fisica Applicata(Beni Culturali, Ambientali, Biol.e Medicin)
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