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Art and heritage

Renishaw's Raman instruments have been involved in numerous investigations of cultural items, including, the Holy (Turin) Shroud, the Vinland map and a Chagall painting. In these, the ability to determine age and authenticity were vital.

Incredibly versatile

Renishaw's Raman systems can:

  • analyse pigments and lacquers used in paintings, frescos, murals, and tapestries
  • identify inks used in manuscripts, scrolls, maps and books
  • investigate gemstones and minerals from cultural artefacts
  • determine the constituents of papers, cloths and substrates
  • determine authenticity and age by analysing the chemical nature of inks, pigments and lacquers

Preserve samples

Raman analysis is non-contacting and non-destructive, so you preserve your entire sample. You can take measurements in situ so there is no need to remove fragments for analysis.

Match that pigment

Use Renishaw's spectral databases to help you to identify pigments clearly and unambiguously. You can get started on analysis immediately, without having to create your own database; just add your own specific spectra later.

  • Fresco and spectra Fresco and spectra

Analyse large samples

Large samples are no problem for Renishaw's Raman systems. If you can move your sample to an instrument, dedicated accessories, such as the flexible sampling arm, provide optimal sampling conditions. If you wish to house large items directly under the microscope, then our free-space microscopes will be of interest. You can customise our Raman systems and provide the right conditions for your analysis.

Analyse remotely

If moving your sample to a laboratory is impossible or impractical, we have a solution. Take Raman analysis capability to your sample and perform detailed in situ analysis though fibre optic probes.

  • Raman analysis of Rafael artwork Raman analysis of Rafael artwork

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