ICMATE cura la direzione e la redazione scientifica della rivista a carattere multidisciplinare Journal of Cultural Heritage. Il Journal of Cultural Heritage, pubblicato dalla casa editrice internazionale Elsevier, si occupa di scienza e di tecnologia per lo studio dei problemi che riguardano la conservazione e conoscenza del patrimonio culturale. Per maggiori informazioni:
Art objects conservation or historical analysis necessitates a thorough knowledge of the materials used by the artist and during the subsequent changes, their chemical composition and determination of their preservation state. In the case of paintings this requires the ability to correctly identify the pigments that were used for creation or later restoration of the artwork. This is a challenging problem, as the applied method should be non-contact, robust for the wide variety of chemical substances used and straightforward in the interpretation. Recently, the hyperspectral imaging has emerged as a promising measuring methodology for this kind of the artwork analysis; the combination of acquiring spectral information and planar (photography-like) pixel arrangement provides a lot of potential for material characterization. While initial studies of hyperspectral imaging application to art objects analysis are encouraging, the difficulties of working with its multidimensional data are acknowledged; in many cases complex algorithms are required to fully utilize its potential.