Special Issue "Historical Mineral Pigments"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carolina Cardell

Department of Mineralogy and Petrology, University of Granada, Granada, Spain
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Interests: heritage science; archeometry; physical–chemical characterization of historical pigments; pigment–binder interactions; pigment degradation due to urban and marine air pollution; scanning electron microscopy–energy dispersive X-ray (SEM–EDX); Raman microscopy (RM); hyphenated SEM–EDX–RM; X-ray diffraction; nanominerals; chemometric analyses

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, a great body of scientific articles has emerged in specialized literature addressing the chemical–mineralogical composition, and morphological and physical characterization of natural and (premodern) synthetic historical mineral pigments. These include metallic pigments and clay-based pigments, embedded in artistic paintings, glass, painted enamel, ceramics, textiles, beads, etc. Often, these studies are performed by interdisciplinary research teams with crucial contributions by experts from the areas of mineralogy, crystallography, and geochemistry to correctly address questions arising with regard to pigment source, pigment manufacturing process, interactions between pigments, and weathering mechanisms or lightfastness, among other inquiries, since formation and transformation of mineral phases are processes involved in the research. Such investigations will provide essential clues to unravel pigment technological achievements, dating, trade routes, or pigment fingerprints for author/region adscriptions, as well as offering information to optimize conservation and/or restoration strategies of painted or colored artworks.

However, more light needs to be shed on specific issues. Particularly in historic paintings, in-depth studies are required to focus on pigment–(organic) binder interaction under diverse exposure scenarios; (urban and marine) air pollution-induced weathering; mitigation protocols so as to retard the photodegradation of pigments contained in paintings; biodeterioration due to microorganisms or insect debris, as well as the impact of airborne organic particles; pigment susceptibility to weathering considering its morphology, associated impurities, and particle size, with special attention to the presence of nanoparticles; detailed characterization of carbon-, clay- and earth-pigments; radiation damage during analysis; effects of surface cleaning and protection treatments; and application of novel analytical methodologies based on hyphenated techniques that offer remarkable advantages in the analysis of complex paintings (hybrid composite materials). All of these topics are welcome to be tackled in this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Carolina Cardell
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • heritage science
  • mineral pigments
  • characterization
  • physical–chemical degradation
  • biodeterioration
  • protection treatments
  • hyphenated analytical techniques
  • chemometrics

Published Papers

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