Paolo Zannini, Pietro Baraldi, Maurizio Aceto, Angelo Agostino, Gaia Fenoglio, Danilo Bersani, Eleonora Canobbio, Elisabetta Schiavon, Giusi Zanichelli and Andrea De Pasquale Identification of colorants on XVIII century scientific hand-coloured print volumes Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 43
Two series of volumes printed in Parma and in Vienna in late XVIII century were analysed with non-invasive techniques to characterise the palettes used in the hand-coloured miniatures and to determine whether decoration had been carried out simultaneously or after the time of printing. A thorough knowledge of the colorants present was yielded; artists used a mixing of traditional materials (e.g. cinnabar, minium, indigo) and materials of recent introduction in late XVIII century (e.g. gamboge, Prussian blue, blue verditer).
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