Silvia Sotgiu

Silvia Sotgiu
Istituto centrale per il restauro e la conservazione del patrimonio archivistico e librario | ICPAL · Conservation

bachelor in Cultural Heritage Conservation

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The discoloration of paper, due to the development of oxidized groups acting as chromophores in its chief component, cellulose, is responsible for severe visual degradation of works of art on paper. By adopting a diagnostic method based on in situ non-invasive optical reflectance spectroscopy and time-dependent density functional theory ab initio c...
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Disposable non-invasive and compatible real time monitoring tool was developed in order to follow the cleaning process of paper artwork directly in situ. This tool was based on a biocompatible cleaning hydrogel coupled with flow electrochemical diagnostic tool, suitable to verify in situ and in a simple way the assessment of degradation of artwork...
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The gellan hydrogel is used as a cleaning agent for paper artworks. The purposes of this work were to give the gellan hydrogel both a microbial resistance and a cytocidal action against the biodeteriogens using hydrolates. Broth microdilution assays were performed to identify the fungicidal action of 16 hydrolates vs 3 fungal strains. The study con...
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Paper has been used as writing and drawing support for thousands of years. The conservation of paper artworks plays a fundamental role in the field of our cultural heritage. Moreover, restoration of paper artworks is difficult due to their inherent fragility, the presence of many components and their degradation state. Among the factors that may co...
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Paper manuscripts are among the most valuable historical artifacts, but they are also very fragile. Furthermore, they were often strengthened by gluing external materials (like wooden or cardboard lining paper) to the original piece. The glues induced structural transformations that accelerate the degradation processes of the artwork itself. In thi...
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In paper conservation, wet cleaning treatments are usually performed to remove harmful degradation substances. Although cleaning treatments are fundamental in this field, the use of free water, besides causing an excessive swelling of cellulose fibres and sometimes also strong alterations of graphic media, could induce the extraction of the origina...
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The removal of old glue from paper artworks is of paramount importance for the preservation of its integrity during the restoration process. Wet cleaning is one of the traditional methods, although, it may cause damages on artworks. In this work, an advantageous alternative method, based on the use of a rigid hydrogel, for a simple and localized re...
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The Italian dialect poet Cesare Pascarella travelled all around the world, noting down in notebooks his keen and caustic observations, and drawing sketches that are a visual reportage of his journeys. The sketches were mounted as a random collage over acidic cardboards that were exposed to direct sunlight in his studio. Their poor state of conserva...

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