Technical analysis

The Grimwade Centre provides a scientific analysis service for analysing cultural heritage objects or works of art. At The Grimwade Centre we have access to fundamental non-invasive examination and various advanced instrumentation techniques. The collection of data and subsequent interpretation of results (we collaborate with scientific researchers at the University of Melbourne and other nearby universities), provide information about the physical composition of an object, its nature and the extent of deterioration of the object or associated intervention materials. This information assists art historical research, and the selection and assessment of appropriate conservation treatment methodologies.

Standard Laboratory Techniques

  • Micro-chemical spot testing of metals, inorganics and organics
  • Sample preparation of embedded cross sections, thin section and dispersions
  • Optical microscopy (reflected light, transmitted light and PLM modes) with image capture

Non-invasive Examination Techniques

Advanced Instrumentation Techniques

To discuss scientific analysis and research, please contact:

Dr Petronella Nel - Academic Department
Tel: (+61 3) 8344 6049
pnel@unimelb.edu.au

Vanessa Kowalski - Commercial Services
Tel: (+61 3) 9348 5749
v.kowalski@unimelb.edu.au

Attribution Assessments

The attribution assessment methodology seeks to establish anomalies whereby known and verifiable characteristics of the artist's oeuvre (as determined by reference to securely provenanced works) can be used to assess the match with characteristics in the work presented for authentication.

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