Studies of ancient materials are more and more frequent at the ESRF. A workshop recently organized at the ESRF confirmed the increasing interest of art scientists, archeologists, paleontologists among other specialists in the use of synchrotron techniques for the analysis of ancient and artistic materials. Diffraction, spectroscopy and imaging offer complementary contrasts to tackle the composition of complex and precious materials. This webinar will present recent examples of micro-analyses of artworks (illustrated by the composition of lead whites in Leonardo’s paintings and the degradation of chrome yellows in van Gogh’s Sunflowers). Opportunities offered by the new ESRF-EBS as well as by new and refurbished beamlines will be presented as well, together with related challenges.

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