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A set of unique portable instruments developed by the AD Group of CNR-INO are available for non-invasive in-situ measurements of artworks. This collection of mobile instruments consists of scanning devices for the multi-spectral reflectography of painted surfaces (scanner for multi-spectral IR reflectography and RGB image; scanner for multi-spectral imaging in the VIS-NIR range) and scanning devices for the profilometry of small areas of artworks (scanning confocal microscope; scanning micro-profilometer).

Teams of CNR-INO scientists and highly qualified technicians will operate the portable instruments on the field, helping the User in analyzing and understanding the results of the measurements in a context of collaboration and knowledge transfer.




To access the CNR-INO instruments, a specific application by the User Group Leader is required describing the scientific background of the proposed project, the planned measurements, the objectives and the expected results, and highlighting the reason for the need of portable equipments.

Proposals are selected by an internal CNR-INO panel, including qualified experts of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. The selection is primarily based on the scientific quality and originality of the scientific proposal. The level of expertise of the User group to choose the proper instrumentation, to conduct the proposed experiment, to analyze the final data and results, will be also taken into account.

The applications should aim to increase the scientific knowledge, optimize the use of local expertise of ongoing research activities and facilities, and foster lasting international science cooperation.

The duration of the proposed project is expected to be  from 3 to 8 days  on the average and under all circumstances will never exceed three weeks.

The application should be addressed to the coordinator of the Art Diagnostic Group:

Dr Raffaella Fontana

CNR-INO Istituto Nazionale di Ottica

Largo E. Fermi, 6

50125 Firenze (Italy)

Phone: +39 055 2308313

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Access costs will cover the expenses for the CNR-INO personnel involved, as well as the expenses for the instrument transportation. On the basis of the scientific interest of the project proposal, the access can in special circumstances be offered free of charge.