About this blog

What this blog is about

I blog here about methods for art Examination and Documentation, targeting specifically innovative low-budget scientific solutions.I plan to blog at a rate of 2 posts per week, on Mondays and Wednesdays.  
This blog on exploring low-budget solutions it’s not just about saving money. It’s about solving technical problems by being creative and using the best piece of equipment we already have, our brain, rather than just buying “black box” tools.

Who could be interested to this blog
Medium-small museums professionals. These kind of institutions cannot afford a scientist on their budget and so basically science is often kept out of reach. Furthermore, publications in Cultural Heritage Science are almost for scientists. While in other popular
disciplines – such as astronomy – there are plenty of websites, blogs, and online resources for both professionals and just amateurs, there is nothing like this in Cultural Heritage Science. Though, I keep receiving questions from conservators, art historians and
curators about instruments, applications or just geeky solution to improve or upgrade their equipment. These Cultural Institutions, strongly believe that scientific insight into their collections will benefit the overall appreciation by the communities they serve.
Private practice professionals. Conservators, art historians, art appraisers.
Students. Those who are in Higher Education, learning conservation and specifically conservation science, can find here complementary material to their studies.

Why I care to blog.  Please, Comment!!! Comment!!! Comment!!!
Friends, colleagues, former students like to ask me about technical hints related to buying new equipment, fix old ones,  finding educational resources, and so on. I’m happy to help. But in order to help you got to be organized! Actually, the idea for this blog came after some friends kept asking me about the filters set I use for multispectral imaging. Each time I had to retrieve this information and of course this take time. so, I thought to write about it once for all! I found blogging so useful, specifically, for my professional development since it is helping to develop conversations with other professionals. Sharing and helping is actually what keeps me motivated to learn more and more. So, feel free to contact me and ask! Please, Comment!!!, Comment!!!, Comment!!! This is a blog to Share and Learn. I like to post on my own methods, my little experiments and my geeky solutions since I look forward to get comments from other professionals. This is the best way I could find to improve the quality of my work, by my readers’ suggestions and contributions.    

Who’s Antonino Cosentino
A PhD Physicist, interested in scientific methods for art documentation and examination. Doing related Research and Teaching from 2000, wherever I had a chance to learn new things and play with new scientific “toys,” I’m currently working on my private practice: http://www.antoninocosentino.it     A brief video resume:

Antonino Cosentino

Addendum Dec 21st 2012
I looked at this blog’s stats and I noticed it got kind of viral! It already got over 4000 views! I’m very pleased by the interest this topic is gathering and that the way I like to tell this story is appreciated by colleagues and just curious guys worldwide. This little effort of mine has been possible with the support I got from The Bergen Museum of Art in Norway. The Head of Conservation, Yngve, showed me the necessities of medium-small museums. Coming form Academia, I didn’t have any insight into this sector. Our talks inspired me to focus my efforts into innovative yet budget solutions in order to have a REAL impact in art conservation and examination. I need to thank then the museum’s Director, Erlend and the curator, Line, for believing in my projects and finding the money to concretely let me work there on their amazing collection of Edvard Munch and J.C Dahl. Thanks to the museum’s stuff (conservators, Ekaterina, Janine, photographer, Dag and Berahnu for the best kebab in Bergen) for their help and patience. Documenting 49 Munch’s paintings in just 2 weeks, was a lot of work for everybody in the museum (framing, unframing, moving art..).


2 thoughts on “About this blog

    • Hi jamtlis, a full multispectral imaging documentation can be done in 2 hours. So, generally 4 paintings/day is pretty the standard.
      Darkness is necessary for some imaging – infrared fluorescence, UV Fluorescence, UV Reflected. as for the room dimension, I have been working in narrow environments using a bit more wide lens, but all depends about the size of tha painting. As a general rule for a 60×60 cm painting I would like to have at least 5×5 sqm.

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