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Enamels on Venetian Renaissance glass. An analytical and technical approach

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Venetian enamelled glass is one of the most significant subjects of the art and technology of Renaissance glassmaking. An analytical study using non-invasive techniques on a wide selection of enamelled glass artworks from museums and collection is in progress to determine the chemical composition of the glass and of the enamels. The aim is to characterise the materials and technology of genuine Venetian Renaissance enamelled glass production and to identify specific features allowing these objects to be distinguished from contemporary façon de Venise products and 19th century fakes. In this paper the results of the chemical analyses undertaken by non-invasive PIXE-PIGE on more than twenty artworks are complemented with a study of enamels from archaeological excavation of genuine Venetian Renaissance samples using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis. The results disclose interesting details about the raw materials and technology used for the enamels and their colouring techniques. These results improve our present knowledge on the glassmaking technology of Venetian Renaissance enamelled artworks.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2015

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