Introduction to Technical Analysis

To inform conservation treatments, conservators carefully examine works with a variety of techniques, including microscopic examination. Such examinations help determine the true condition of the work and the extent of past treatments. Conservators and conservation scientists start by using non-invasive, non-destructive techniques that do not require taking samples. In addition to microscopic examination, these may include; x-radiography, infrared reflectography, XRF spectroscopy, UV-induced visible light fluorescence and other types of technical imaging.

When necessary, conservators may resort to taking microscopic samples for further analysis in order to learn more about the physical and chemical nature of the work.

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