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Infrared and Art: Using Infrared Photography in Art Conservation and History

Austin P. Tucker
AVP, PI Risk Services, Global Risk Solutions

QBE North America
Parker, CO

Ph: 469-233-9606


The uses of Infrared thermography are numerous and well known to most: preventive maintenance, moisture intrusion, animal husbandry, and more. However, one area that is often overlooked is the use of infrared thermography in the use of art analysis. For years, paintings have been analyzed using x-ray technology to look through paintings of some of the masters of the craft. In this paper we will look at why infrared technology is being used to analyze paintings, how the process has been done, and we will look at some of the findings from these scans and how the results have changed the way we look at these master works.

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