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Computed Radiography in the Art Industry
10 years ago, he purchased his first Computed Radiography (CR) scanner: HD-CR 35 NDT. "We have opened wider our range of applications and increased drastically the quality and efficiency of our work. I've been able to deliver a very high quality of image with CR, never equaled before. The main advantage is the wide dynamic range. The contrast is so good that we are able to literally see through all layers of a painting in one single shot, for example."
However paintings analysis and restoration is not the only field of his work. His major accomplishment was the complete analysis of the "Porta del Paradiso" in Firenze, Italy. Those "Paradize doors" are worldwide known, and located on the east facade of the "Battistero"
Computed Radiography is also much used to analyze paintings and search for fake items. "It's easy to identify lead and titanium pigments with CR. A lot of private customers come to us to let their paintings be checked and make sure they're not counterfeit."
As DÜRR NDT, we're proud of this partnership, and of being able to say that our equipment has x-rayed some the most famous pieces of art worldwide. Among others "The Last Supper" from Leonard de Vinci, but also "Quarto Stato", a 545 cm x 295 cm painting from Giuseppe Pellizza, and the Bronze Statue "Vittoria Alata di Brescia," x-rayed from inside and outside.
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