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Revealing Mithras’ Color with the ICVBC Mobile Lab in the Museum

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CNR-ICVBC, via Madonna del piano 10, 50019 Florence, Italy
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CNR-IFAC, via Madonna del piano 10, 50019 Florence, Italy
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History, Archaeology, Geography, Fine and Performing Arts (SAGAS), University of Florence, via San Gallo 10, 50129 Florence, Italy
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Heritage 2019, 2(3), 2160-2170; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2030130
Received: 28 June 2019 / Revised: 19 July 2019 / Accepted: 23 July 2019 / Published: 25 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Cultural Heritage)
The National Museum of Rome has an important collection of Mithraic sculptures found in the years 1973–1975 during the archaeological excavation under the early Christian basilica of Santo Stefano Rotondo on the Caelian hill in Rome. The sculptures excavated from this Mithraeum show many traces of gilding and polychromy, whose best example is the great bas-relief with Mithras slaying the bull discussed in this work. The analysis was conducted during a scientific campaign in the museum with portable instrumentation of the Institute for Conservation and Valorisation of Cultural Heritage, ICVBC mobile laboratory following a completely non-invasive approach. By means of a protocol based on the use of multispectral imaging, microscopy, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and fiber optic reflectance spectroscopy (FORS), this study allowed to better understand the technique used and to make comparisons with other representations of Mithras slaying the bull. View Full-Text
Keywords: Mithraeum; residual polychromy; non-invasive analyses; XRF; FORS; multispectral photographic techniques; Santo Stefano Rotondo; Museo Nazionale Romano; Isis; Mithras Mithraeum; residual polychromy; non-invasive analyses; XRF; FORS; multispectral photographic techniques; Santo Stefano Rotondo; Museo Nazionale Romano; Isis; Mithras
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Magrini, D.; Bracci, S.; Bartolozzi, G.; Iannaccone, R.; Lenzi, S.; Liverani, P. Revealing Mithras’ Color with the ICVBC Mobile Lab in the Museum. Heritage 2019, 2, 2160-2170. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2030130

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Magrini D, Bracci S, Bartolozzi G, Iannaccone R, Lenzi S, Liverani P. Revealing Mithras’ Color with the ICVBC Mobile Lab in the Museum. Heritage. 2019; 2(3):2160-2170. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2030130

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Magrini, Donata, Susanna Bracci, Giovanni Bartolozzi, Roberta Iannaccone, Sara Lenzi, and Paolo Liverani. 2019. "Revealing Mithras’ Color with the ICVBC Mobile Lab in the Museum" Heritage 2, no. 3: 2160-2170. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2030130

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