Cross-sections of paint samples

Embedded cross-section of paint sample
Embedded cross-section of paint sample

The examination of embedded paint samples provides important information on the stratigraphy of a painting or painted object. This technique reveals information on how the artist has constructed the painting. The investigation of the micro-structure of a painting from the examination of embedded paint samples of under an optical microscope provides the conservator with a fundamental understanding of the materials and techniques of the painting under investigation and can be used for comparative purposes when undertaking research and analysis into an artist's techniques.

This method involves the removal of minute samples from the artwork, to be embedded in polyester resin.