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Light Stability of Materials

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Light stability of pigments and dyes

Actual discussions with regard to the stability of paintings and graphic objects reveal a lack of scientifically based knowledge about ageing processes of materials used in art. Particularly watercolour paintings may be strongly affected by light since very thin paint layers are typically for this technique. Our intention is to elucidate the processes taking place during light ageing enabling predictions for possible damages under particular exposition conditions.

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Light stability of modern paint materials

Since the second half of the 20th century many different synthetic materials have been developed. Mainly due to their good properties and characteristics such as resistance to yellowing and their high stability they have also been used as binding media in the field of modern and contemporary art by famous artists, as Pollock, Warhol and many other artists. Nowadays acrylic, alkyd and vinyl resins are the main common synthetic binding media in contemporary art.