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International Journal of Geophysics
Volume 2011, Article ID 738279, 8 pages
Research Article

Postprocessing of Infrared Reflectography to Support the Study of a Painting: The Case of Vivarini's Polyptych

IBAM-CNR (Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali), C. da S. Loja, Tito Scalo, 85050 Potenza, Italy

Received 12 February 2011; Revised 27 March 2011; Accepted 2 May 2011

Academic Editor: Francesco Soldovieri

Copyright © 2011 Laura Fragasso and Nicola Masini. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Infrared (IR) reflectography is an imaging diagnostic technique widely used to study and evaluate the assessment of paintings' conservation state. The study case analyzed in this paper is related to a polyptych panel attributed to Vivarini's workshop conserved in the “Sigismondo Castromediano” Museum in Lecce. The painting's IR reflectography has been acquired through a CCD camera with spectral sensitivity ranging 400–1150 nm and manual positioning system. In order to offset the technological limits of the CCD camera, reflectograms have been processed through Principal Component Analysis and spectral indices. Postprocessing provided information related to the different pictorial drafting and restoration works, as well as emphasized graphic details and shadings, useful to improve the knowledge of the painting techniques.