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Ormylia Art Diagnosis Center / Activities

The research activities of the Art Diagnosis Centre are organized across 5 fields of scientific and technological development:

  • Department of “non-destructive” analysis methods
  • Department of “micro-analytic” methods
  • Department of organic analysis and chemistry of surfaces
  • Department of data processing
  • Department of documentation

The above laboratories form a uniform body and serve common developmental goals which can be summarized as follows:

  • Development of methodology for detailed analysis and identification of all the components of an artwork, including colour strata, underlying preparatory strata and protective surface strata. Analysis of changes in materials due to environmental /influences.
  • Development of methodology for assessment and documentation of conservation methods, placing emphasis on organic covers (natural resins and synthetic preparations) used in the past or / and still being used for the conservation and protection of artworks.
  • Work towards seeking out and creating new structures of protective materials that will be compatible with the materials of the each artwork and will present the optimal properties in regard to their application, the protection they provide, their endurance within specific environmental conditions and their potential removal after their protective abilities have passed.
  • Development of flexible instrumentation that will allow non-destructive application of analytic techniques for artwork diagnosis. This requires defining the necessary parameters for each case, which must be taken into account in order to create layouts, so that the final product optimally utilizes the analytic abilities of each technique.
  • Development of systems for the non-destructive imaging of the stratigraphic structure of moveable artworks and murals, in combination with the use of supersonic microscopy and image and spectrum reception layouts in infrared.
  • Development of methodology for non-destructive colour measurement. Study of the impact of surface texture and transparency and the impact of organic agents and means for surface protection on the colour results of paintings.
  • Development of methodologies which, based on the results of analytic techniques, will contribute towards revealing a technology that is vitally linked to the creation of an artwork (manner of material use, process followed, etc.), in order to scientifically support historical and archaeological research.
  • Development of systems for the fusion and processing of supplementary data that emerge from various analytical methods, as well as promotion of these data using synthetic means and modern technologies for the cognitive organization of data.
  • Creation of integrated systems for the documentation of artworks, open to systems that allow simultaneous access and telematic cooperation between numerous users (Multi Information System + Teleworking).

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