The palette of a 16th century Venetian artist: materials and methods of Giovanni da Mel

  • Anna Impallaria University of Ferrara
  • Flavia Tisato
  • Ferruccio Petrucci
  • Maurizio Dal Colle
  • Emanuela Ruggio

Resumen

Giovanni da Mel (1480-1549) was an Italian Renaissance artist. He worked in the Veneto region and devoted himself to the fresco technique, in his family workshop. During the last part of his life, in the church of Trichiana (Belluno), he painted an altarpiece, which seems to be his only work on canvas.


Thanks to the collaboration between restorers and scientists, it was possible to explore in depth this peculiar painting. The imaging techniques helped in the identification of the artistic methodology, for example highlighting the use of engraving the preparation to draw (typical of the fresco technique). Then, the application of spot analysis allowed the identification of the artist’s palette, revealing some peculiarities as the addition of a copper based pigment to the bone black, in order to dry the oil. The diagnostic techniques have fully characterized the altarpiece from a methodological and material point of view.

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PhD student in Physics at University of Ferrara, MD in Science and Materials for the Conservation and Restoration at the University of Florence. Address: Department of Physics and Earth Science and INFN, Scientific and Technologic Pole, Block C, via Saragat 1, 44122, Ferrara, Italy

Flavia Tisato

PhD in Sciences and Technologies in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage at University of Ferrara. MD in Conservation and Diagnostic of Modern and Contemporary works of Art at University of Ferrara. Address: Department of Physics and Earth Science, Scientific and Technologic Pole, Block C, via Saragat 1, 44122, Ferrara, Italy

Ferruccio Petrucci

Associate Professor in Physics at the University of Ferrara. Address: Department of Physics and Earth Science and INFN, Scientific and Technologic Pole, Block C, via Saragat 1, 44122, Ferrara, Italy

Maurizio Dal Colle

Researcher in Chemistry at University of Ferrara, PhD in Chemical Sciences at the University of Padua. Address: Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science, via Fossato di Mortara 17, 44121, Ferrara, Italy.

Emanuela Ruggio

Restorer and graduated in Science and Technologies for Cultural Heritage. Address: Restauro “la conservazione dell’arte”, via B. Brandolini 113, 31029, Vittorio Veneto (TV), Italy

Publicado
2017-07-03
Cómo citar éste artículo
IMPALLARIA, Anna et al. The palette of a 16th century Venetian artist: materials and methods of Giovanni da Mel. Ge-conservación, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 11, p. 230-236, jul. 2017. ISSN 1989-8568. Disponible en: <http://www.ge-iic.com/ojs/index.php/revista/article/view/487>. Fecha de acceso: 25 sep. 2017

Palabras clave

non-invasive diagnostics; integrated techniques; in situ analysis; Renaissance Italian art; artistic technique and materials

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