On July 10th Middleton Spectral Vision (MSV) had the honor of participating in an art conservation workshop,
Hyperspectral Imaging for Art and Cultural Heritage”
at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI). Participants included representatives from all nine museums and eight prominent outside museums. The purpose of the program was to teach about the use of hyperspectral imaging in establishing authenticity of paintings, measuring the chemical makeup of materials used by the artists, finding very fine color differences, imaging high-contrast underdrawings, finding clues of past repairs and being able to make restoration decisions in their current practice.
The program featured guest speaker Professor Erich Uffelman, Washington and Lee University, VA as well as technical personnel from MSV in sessions on
Introduction to HSI Technology, Preprocessing Images,
Working with Hyperspectral Image Data.
The lecture was followed by interactive demonstrations of a hyperspectral imaging system and analysis software to process the image data.