Renaissance paintings are now regularly examined with infrared reflectography
, x-radiography, dendrochronology, and binocular microscopy in order to learn about their production, function, and afterlife.
Each painting has been fully documented and examined using a variety of techniques, such as infrared reflectography
, to determine its structure.
It is because of this question that Dalle des Morts, or the Rapid of the Dead was among the first of the Paul Kane oil paintings to be analyzed using Near Infrared Reflectography
Did the X-radiography and infrared reflectography
of the 1914 Window reveal just one, improbably final layer of paint?
In tribute to Faries, the essays focus on the process of invention, whether by an individual artist or by workshop, tracing in detail the choices and techniques employed to produce the work of art, often discovered using investigative tools like infrared reflectography
, pioneered by Faries.
Responding both to the scholarly tendency to celebrate Durer primarily as a graphic artist, and to other technical studies that do not connect their conclusions to actual interpretations of works of art, Luber uses infrared reflectography
and formal analysis to demonstrate the significance of Durer's appropriation of Venetian technique.
Kenneth presented Ghosts and Metamorphoses: Paul Kane's First Brush at the Yukon School of Visual Arts--an examination of Kane's oil paintings as revealed though infrared reflectography