Multi-band technical imaging in the research of the execution of paintings. The case study of the portrait of Carlos IV, by Francisco de Goya

  • Miquel Angel Herrero-Cortell Centre d'Art d'Època Moderna
  • Marta Raich Centre d’Art d’Època Moderna (CAEM)
  • Paola Artoni Dipartimento di Culture e Civiltà. University of Verona.
  • Isidro Puig Departament d’Història de l Art. Universitat de València

Resumen

Multi-band technical imaging (MBTI) is widely used as an established method for art examination. Although the diverse techniques that are employed have their own specific importance, if the many results in experimental hybrid images are confronted with one another they provide much more information. The main objective of this paper is to show the usefulness of the technique for a holistic understanding of a portrait of the King Carlos IV. More specifically, MBTI is intended to help in the reconstruction of the artist’s painting process, by revealing physical traces of the creation and execution of the portrait (ductus and brushstrokes, alterations, underdrawing and staining, pictorial composition process, changes and Pentimenti, inpaintings, pigment identification, etc.). For this case study, such information is necessary to delve into the painter’s work process, revealing some characteristics that make it unique, finally allowing the proper identification and attribution of the portrait.

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Miquel Herrero-Cortell - Es licenciado en Bellas Artes por la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) y licenciado en Historia del Arte por la Universidad de Valencia (UV), Máster en Conservación y Restauración de Bienes Culturales y Máster en Producción Artística. Actualmente se encuentra cursando estudios de Doctorado en Historia del Arte en la Universitat de Lleida (UdL). Colaborador del Instituto de Restauración del Patrimonio (IRP) de la UPV, y del Instituto de Ciencia de  los Materiales de la Universidad de Valencia (ICMUV). Ha desarrollado su labor como investigador centrándose en el ámbito de las reproducciones de bienes patrimoniales, en la conservación y restauración de objetos arqueológicos, así como en el estudio físico y óptico de diversos materiales artísticos. En la actualidad desempeña su labor investigadora en el Centre d’Art d’Època Moderna (CAEM) de la UdL. 

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Marta Raïch Creus: She has a degree in Audiovisual Communication by the University of Lleida (Spain). She is Expert Technician in Image Production. She  is specialized in scientific photography applied to works of art, as well as artistic diagnosis. She is currently developing her research and work as technician at the Centre d'Art d'Època Moderna (CAEM) of the UdL where she carries out technical and scientific imaging, while she also developes design and layout tasks.

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Paola Artoni -She holds a PhD in Beni Culturali. From 1999 to 2009 she worked for Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali in the Museum of the Ducal Palace in Mantua. Since 2010 she’s Functionary technical responsible of the Centre Laniac (Laboratorio di Analisi Non Invasive per l’Arte Antica, Moderna e Contemporanea), in Dipartimento di Culture e Civiltà, (University of Verona) and she is also member of the Laniac’s executive committee. She held courses for introducing non-invasive diagnostics applied to cultural heritage in the same university, from 2011 up to now. She is  also a cultor of matter and assistant for the “History of Artistic Techniques” and “History of Restoration” courses. 

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Isidro Puig - Holds a PhD in Art History from the Universitat de Barcelona. Since 1998 until 2007 he has been Curator of the Museu de Lleida, and then Coordinator Chief of the Centre d’Art d’Època Moderna, Universitat de Lleida. From 2007 to 2018 he has been teacher and researcher at the University of Lleida, teaching Artistic Techinques, Renaissance and Baroque Art, and History of Conservation and Restoration.  He has developed several researches on paintings between the 15th and the 18th centuries, specially focussing on arts diagnosis with infrared imaging.

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2018-12-20
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HERRERO-CORTELL, Miquel Angel et al. Multi-band technical imaging in the research of the execution of paintings. The case study of the portrait of Carlos IV, by Francisco de Goya. Ge-conservación, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 14, p. 5-15, dic. 2018. ISSN 1989-8568. Disponible en: <https://ge-iic.com/ojs/index.php/revista/article/view/583>. Fecha de acceso: 26 mar. 2019

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