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How Many Secret Details Could a Systematic Multi-Analytical Study Reveal About the Mysterious Fresco Trionfo della Morte?

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S.T.Art-Test di S. Schiavone & C. S.A.S, Via Stovigliai 88, I-93015 Niscemi (CL), Italy
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Museo Archeologico Regionale “Antonino Salinas”, Via Bara all’Olivella 24, I-90133 Palermo, Italy
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Dipartimento Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche, Chimiche e Farmaceutiche - STEBICEF and INSTM UdR—Palermo, Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze pad.17, I-90128 Palermo, Italy
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CNR – Istituto per I Processi Chimico-Fisici (IPCF), V.le F. Stagno D’Alcontres, 37, I-98158 Messina, Italy
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LaborArtis C.R. Diagnostica s.r.l., Viale delle Scienze Ed.16, I-90128 Palermo, Italy
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Heritage 2019, 2(3), 2370-2383; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2030145
Received: 30 June 2019 / Revised: 1 August 2019 / Accepted: 3 August 2019 / Published: 7 August 2019
The “Trionfo della morte” is a detached fresco painting dated at the half of the XV century. Its history is strictly connected with the history of Palermo and it is considered a symbol of the late Gothic period. Some small areas of the fresco were analyzed using a combination of non-invasive techniques and hand-held instrumentations (multispectral imaging analysis, X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and IR spectroscopy). The characterization of the nature of pigments used in its realization and restoration works was performed and some indications about its conservation state were obtained. More interestingly, some hidden details were revealed on the mysterious painting. They constitute additional evidence of the preciousness of the fresco. View Full-Text
Keywords: multispectral analysis; XRF; portable instruments; wall painting; Trionfo della morte multispectral analysis; XRF; portable instruments; wall painting; Trionfo della morte
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Alberghina, M.F.; Schiavone, S.; Greco, C.; Saladino, M.L.; Armetta, F.; Renda, V.; Caponetti, E. How Many Secret Details Could a Systematic Multi-Analytical Study Reveal About the Mysterious Fresco Trionfo della Morte? Heritage 2019, 2, 2370-2383.

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