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Rudolf v. Alt

Pigment Analysis – Rudolf v. Alt

Rudolf von Alt (1812-1905) was the most famous Austrian landscape painter of the 19th century. In a co-operation between the Academy of Fine Arts and the Albertina in Vienna, 16 watercolor paintings, a miniature watercolor paint-box and a set of watercolor buttons were analyzed with different analytical methods (µ-XRF, FTIR, XRD, and UV-Vis) in order to identify the painting materials used by the artist.

Co-operations: Albertina Vienna
Moritz M. Daffinger  

Pigment Analysis – Moritz M. Daffinger

In cooperation with the Graphic Collection and the Library of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 16 watercolor paintings by Moritz M. Daffinger, one of the most famous Austrian portraitists and painter of botanical subjects, as well as a watercolor paint box of the artist were analyzed by use of complementary analytical techniques (reflection-UV/Vis-, µ-reflection-UV/Vis-, reflection-FTIR-, µ-FTIR-, XRF- and µ-XRF-spectroscopy) in order to reveal the color palette of the painter.

Sinai Kloster

The Sinai Project

In the cultural heritage of mankind manuscripts and their texts occupy an eminent place. Traditionally their preservation, description and analysis were a domain of the humanities. During the last decades the situation has changed fundamentally. The developments in computer science, digital photography and non-destructive material analysis have initiated a revolutionary turn and interdisciplinary work has gained vast ground, in which representatives of the humanities work together with computer scientists, chemists and other experts.

Co-operations: Austrian Academy of Sciences
Vienna University of Technology, Faculty of Informatics

Ancient Gold Objects from the Artemision (Ephesus/Turkey)

Within two measurement campaigns in 2006 and 2007 in the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul and in the Ephesus Museum of Selçuk/Turkey more than 80 ancient gold objects (e.g. small statuettes, brooches and coins) from the 8th – 6th century BC, were analysed.

Co-operations: Archaeological Museum of Istanbul
Ephesus Museum of Selçuk/Turkey
Iridescent Glass  

Iridescent Art Nouveau Glass Artifacts:
A combination of non-destructive analytical methods used for their identification, classification, and for investigations concerning the producing technology of iridescent layers

Art Nouveau iridescent glass has been of great interest for public and private collections ever since this type of glass was produced. Non-destructive analytical techniques (FTIR, XRF) were applied for classification and provenance identification, whereas ion beam analysis (PIXE, PIGE, RBS) was used for the characterization of the producing technology of iridescent layers of the manufacturers Tiffany and Loetz.


The Hoard of Becin

In summer 2000 about 60000 coins were excavated by a team of archaeologists of the University of Izmir (Head: Prof. Rahmi Ünal) at the medieval site of Beçin Kalesi in Turkey. The coins of interest stem from the Ottoman Empire and were produced during the 16th and 17th centuries under the Sultans Murad III, Mehmed III and Ahmed I in 18 different mints. This finding is one of the most important numismatic discoveries in Turkey – it is the largest hoard ever found in total numbers and the most important Ottoman treasure ever discovered.

Co-operations: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Numismatic Commission

Roman Silver Coins of the Emperor Trajan

In the course of an interdisciplinary project a collection of 68 silver coins (denarii) of Trajan (2nd to 6th consulate) as well as 3 coins of the regime of his antecessor, Emperor Nerva (AD 96 – 98) were acquired at the coin market.

Co-operations: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Numismatic Commission