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ART'11 - presentation

10th International Conference on non-destructive investigations and microanalysis for the diagnostics and conservation of cultural and environmental heritage
Convegno Internazionale sulle Prove non Distruttive per la salvaguardia del patrimonio artistico

Palazzo degli Affari – FirenzeFiera
April 13th - April 15th, 2011

The world art heritage needs constant, accurate and loving care.
Non destructive analysis, in particular, has proved to be the gold standard to achieve more successful and long-lasting preservation. In order to promote education and competence in this area, the “art” logo was created over twenty years ago and it still represents, with national and international meetings, one of the peaks among the numerous projects in this field.

Many non-destructive techniques and evaluation methods applied in the natural sciences offer advantages to cultural heritage preservation. The synergy between experts will lead to the continuous development and adjustments of new scientific methods and their application in the fields of preservation, reconstruction and diagnostics of museum and archeological objects.

The last edition of the “art Conference” was held in Jerusalem and its growing and encouraging figures have confirmed the interest of the international community: more than 150 papers, coming from 32 countries, 75 posters and over 300 attendees.

The “art’11 Conference” accepts that challenge, resuming the prestige of a traditional success and bringing together, in one or the world art capitals, conservation scientists, curators, art historians, architectural researchers and experts in non-destructive evaluation and material analysis.

Florence will be on our side, with its unrivalled charm and, hopefully, with some warm, Italian sunshine!

Conference Topics:

  • Environment
  • Microanalysis
  • Non-destructive testing

In detail:

  • Techniques to measure and evaluate environmental damage and degradation processes (on stone, leather, parchment, paintings, wood, ivory, bone, metals, glass); measurement of the extent of damage caused by corrosion; atmospheric pollution; biodegradation;
  • Development of analytical techniques for the study of the composition and decay of museum objects (ion beam analysis; irradiation and diffraction techniques; radiography and tomography; fluorescence spectroscopy) ;
  • Measuring the effectiveness of newly developed protection, preservation and conservation procedures (slowing deterioration and damage; innovative coating; proper storage conditions and controlled environment: temperature, humidity, lighting, gas composition) ;
  • Techniques to identify materials, provenance of raw materials and production details of objects (origin and supplies; studies of ancient production techniques; identifying trade routes) ;
  • Authenticity and authentication of art and archeological objects (questions of origin; identification of fakes and forgeries).