Radiography and tomography to reveal smallest secrets of work of Art
Whether for X-ray imaging or complete CT scans, the possibilities offered by RX Solutions' equipment are numerous. Our range of equipment allows our users to analyze and/or digitize a wide range of works, from the smallest to the most voluminous and dense.
The use of X-rays is today an excellent non-destructive way to study the artist (or the craftsman) technique and materials he used, and the condition of unique works of art, without damaging them. As an example, for paintings, X-rays can be used to determine how the artist created his work, whether retouching has been done, or whether there are any additions to the canvas. Microtomography for its part, allows to study all kinds of statues, and how they were designed, what materials were used, etc...
Beyond the analytical application of these techniques, our micro-tomography cabinets allow us to digitize these unique works, to record a digital volume of them. This allows, the saving and the sharing of knowledge between historians, museum curators, but also sociologists and anthropologists. The aim is to make it easier to study the evolution of different cultures at different times.
Here are some examples of applications of radiography and tomography:
Acquisition of radiographic and tomographic images of sculpted works to study their making methods, but also to determine their state of preservation (search for cracks, consolidated breaks, wood worms attack, corrosion, etc.);
Carrying out tomography scans on books or sealed documents. The difference in density between the materials constituting the support (paper, papyrus…) and ink makes it possible to reconstitute the texts without removing the seal(s) affixed, nor risking to damage pages of old manuscripts, often fragile;
Radiographic acquisition of painted works on canvas for indication of repentance, retouching, or anterior restoration marks, or even for the realization of state diagnostics for preventive conservation…
Wooden artworks or tools dating according to reliable data for dendrochronology;
Analysis and condition report of ancient manufactured objects like stained-glass windows, potteries, ceramics, textiles, jewels, etc.