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Rubens’ painting as inspiration of a later tapestry: Non-invasive analyses provide insight into artworks’ history

Year: 2020

Authors: Dal Fovo A., Striova J., Pampaloni E., Fedele A., Morita MM., Amaya D., Grazzi F., Cimo M., Cirrincione C., Fontana R.

Autors Affiliation: CNR, CNR INO Natl Inst Opt, Largo E Fermi 6, I-50125 Florence, Italy; Univ Calabria, Dipartimento Biol Ecol & Sci Terra, I-87036 Cosenza, Italy;‎ UNLP, CONICET, CICBA, Ctr Invest Opt, POB 3, RA-1897 Gonnet, Argentina;‎ CNR, CNR IFAC Inst Appl Phys Nello Carrara, Via Madonna Piano 10, I-50019 Florence, Italy; OPD, Via Alfani 78, I-50122 Florence, Italy

Abstract: The 17th century painting Madonna della Cesta by Rubens and its presumed textile reproduction created by Fevere for the House of Medici were analysed in comparison. A number of non-invasive optical techniques were applied with the aim to identify similarities and differences between tapestry and painting, in order to shed light on a possible link between their respective authors. The use of a multi-analytical approach proved effective for the acquisition of iconographic, morphological, structural, and compositional information for a comprehensive characterization of the two artworks. While serving as relevant support for documentation and conservation purposes, data so obtained also provide evidence of the uncanny resemblance between the two artworks, and specifically suggest the use by Fevere of the same large-scale preparatory drawing (carton) realized by Rubens for his oil painting.

Journal/Review: MICROCHEMICAL JOURNAL

Volume: 153      Pages from: 104472-1  to: 104472-8

More Information: Conference: 19th Brazilian Meeting on Analytical Chemistry / 7th Iberoamerican Congress on Analytical Chemistry
Location: Caldas Novas, BRAZIL
Date: SEP 16-19, 2018
KeyWords: Tapestry; Painting; Spectral correlation mapping; Raman spectroscopy; Near infrared reflectography; 3D analysis
DOI: 10.1016/j.microc.2019.104472

Citations: 1
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