Materials identification in works of art is a fundamental step for understanding an objectโ€™s history or an artistโ€™s technique. Comprehensive characterization and diagnosis of the various constituent materials in artworks can provide valuable information on the artist’s working methods, as well as significant evidence for dating, provenance attribution, or forgery detection. The development of ๐๐š๐ญ๐š๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ with high-quality data on the pure substances used as artistsโ€™ materials is of utmost importance for the identification and characterization of unknown samples. However, there are relatively few open-access spectra libraries dedicated exclusively to the cultural heritage field.

๐Ÿ’กThe ๐ˆ๐๐…๐‘๐€-๐€๐‘๐“ ๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐‹๐ข๐›๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ is an open access integrated spectral library, of art-related materials, that was designed by CERTO – INOE 2000 as a digital support tool for research specialists and other heritage-related professionals that work with non- or minimally invasive spectroscopic techniques. โžก๏ธ

โ†˜๏ธ The INFRA-ART database contains at this moment over 680 ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ specifically used by artists – from natural mineral pigments used since prehistoric times, to modern synthetic organic pigments and dyes introduced starting with the 20th century.

โ†˜๏ธ The database integrates at this moment primary ๐€๐“๐‘-๐…๐“๐ˆ๐‘ and ๐—๐‘๐… spectra, and a preliminary dataset of ๐‘๐š๐ฆ๐š๐ง spectra. The implementation of a bottom-up architecture allows further extensions of the database with other types of analysis, ๐‹๐ˆ๐… (Laser Induced Fluorescence) and ๐ก๐ฒ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ data, registered on well know historical pigments as well as on paint mockups, being among the new uploads planned to be carried out by the end of this year.

๐Ÿ”‘ ๐Š๐„๐˜ ๐…๐„๐€๐“๐”๐‘๐„๐’
– ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ง-๐š๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ
– ๐–๐ข๐๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ
– ๐Ž๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ซ๐š
– ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐๐š๐ญ๐š
– ๐‘๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐š๐๐š๐ญ๐š
– ๐…๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž
– ๐’๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ž
– ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ซ๐š ๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ
– ๐‚๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ซ๐š

๐Ÿ”“ ๐Ž๐๐„๐ ๐’๐‚๐ˆ๐„๐๐‚๐„
To support universal access and the reuse of scientific data, the database follows the European Commissionโ€™s recommendation on access to scientific information as well as the ๐…๐€๐ˆ๐‘ (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) Guiding Principles on research data that result from publicly funded research. The INFRA-ART Spectral Library is registered as a resource within the ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ง ๐’๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐‚๐ฅ๐จ๐ฎ๐ (๐„๐Ž๐’๐‚) ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ, and ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ‘๐๐š๐ญ๐š.๐จ๐ซ๐ , and is currently part of the services offered by the ๐‘๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ข๐š๐ง ๐ก๐ฎ๐› within ๐„-๐‘๐ˆ๐‡๐’ (European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science) ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐†๐ˆ๐‹๐€๐.

๐Ÿ”Ž You can read more about the ๐ˆ๐๐…๐‘๐€-๐€๐‘๐“ ๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐‹๐ข๐›๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ in our recently published paper within ๐˜ˆ๐˜Š๐˜” ๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜Š๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ โžก๏ธ

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