Analysis of tempera paints

High resolution FTIR-FPA imaging of artists’ tempera paints

Subproject to Analysis of tempera paints from the period around 1900

Led by
Nadim C. Scherrer, Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB)
Team
Stefan Zumbühl (HKB), Ester S. B. Ferreira, Karin Wyss; Karoline Beltinger
Duration
2011–2013

Project description

This research was based at Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB) and hasd SIK-ISEA as a partner. It was devoted to the identification of organic components of complex artists’ paints, in particular tempera paints from around 1900, using GC-MS, DTMS, high-resolution 2D methods such as FTIR-FPA imaging and specific chemical preparation techniques. Defined simulation systems were used in an early phase; real paint samples from works by Cuno Amiet and Alexej von Jawlensky were analysed later on. For further information see: HKB.

Publication

Stefan Zumbühl, Karoline Beltinger, «‹Ich weiss, dass man mit Öl etwas in dieser Art nicht malen kann› – Maltechnische Experimente in Tempera von Igor Grabar, Alexej von Jawlensky und Dmitry Kardovsky», in: Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung 30/1, 2016, pp. 167–172  

The project was supported by:

  • Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB)
  • Swiss Re, Zürich