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2.6 Condition, past conservation treatments, interventions and ageing

X-radiography is an important method for revealing the state of preservation of a painting, especially for making damages and losses in a painting visible that may be less noticeable on the surface when covered with retouching. The technique can also provide information on past interventions and treatments. The scanning of X-radiographic films at high resolution also allows for the identification of micro-features in the paint associated with ageing of the paint layers. The following examples illustrate these aspects in more detail.


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