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Angela Zoppi, Cristiana Lofrumento, Marilena Ricci, Emma Cantisani, Tiziana Fratini and Emilio Mario Castellucci A novel piece of Minoan art in Italy: the first spectroscopic study of the wall paintings from Phaistos Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 43

Version of Record online: 26 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/jrs.4029

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Some fragments of wall paintings of Phaistos (Crete), belonging to the Bronze Age, were analysed to investigate the material composition of their pictorial layers, and the pictorial technology. In accordance with similar Aegean Bronze painted plasters, the obtained results show a rather homogenous palette mostly made of mineral pigments, which recur in the different tones in all the fragments. The absence of organic binders and the possibility to differentiate calcite grains were indicative of fresco–secco technique.

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