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Tracey Chaplin
Pompeii Purpurissum Pigment Problems

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art'05 - Non Destructive Investigations and Microanalysis for the Diagnostics and Conservation of the Cultural and Environmental Heritage
Castello Carlo V
Lecce, Italy

May 18, 2005

paper: Pompeii Purpurissum Pigment Problems
proceedings: ISSN: 88-89758-01-5

This research was conducted by a multi-disciplinary team from several high-profile research establishments (e.g. University College London, University of Pisa, University of Antwerp and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage) and has evaluated the problems associated with different analytical methods used in analysis of dyestuffs. This information is important as it has been used to produce guidelines to direct other researchers to the most appropriate analytical techniques for their dye samples.

The research forms part of the analysis conducted by the Pigmentum Project, a group which is currently investigating the compositions, manufacture and usage of historical and modern pigments and which is now affiliated to the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford.

visit the Pigment Project website

Recently, the Pigmentum Project has written two books which are specifically aimed at conservation scientists and art historians:
Eastaugh, N.; Walsh, V.; Chaplin, T.D.; Siddall, R. The Pigment Compendium - A Dictionary of Historical Pigments, Elsevier Science, 2004 (499pp ISBN 0-7506-5749-9);
Eastaugh, N.; Walsh, V.; Chaplin, T.D.; Siddall, R. The Pigment Compendium - Optical Microscopy of Historical Pigments. Elsevier Science, 2004 (416pp ISBN 0-7506-4553-9).
These are the first books published which contain details of the current knowledge of the pigments used throughout history and are an important conservation resource.

The books have been awarded the L’OrĂ©al Art and Science of Color Bronze Prize in 2004, which is awarded "to people who have made distinguished contributions to the creative meeting of science and art through colour". They were also short listed for The Anna Plowden Award for Research and Innovation in Conservation at the Conservation Awards 2005.

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Pompeii Purpurissum Pigment Problems

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related outcome:
Tracey Chaplin: The Pigment Compendium

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