What techniques are used for the scientific analysis of art?
For scientific analysis, we usually recommend a combination of imaging and materials analysis techniques. Advanced technology, like Ultraviolet (UV),
Infrared (IR) and X-Ray imaging, allows us to see beneath the surface of a painting. Sometimes we find underdrawings or abandoned compositions that
provide insight into an artist’s working practice. We can also test samples of pigment, binding material (oil), canvas, wood, paper and other materials
to determine if they are appropriate for the time period and location. This can also provide attribution clues, as some artists preferred to work with certain kinds of materials.