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Mineralogical characterization of the blue pigment of Michelangelo's fresco "The Last Judgment"

Paolo Ballirano and Adriana Maras
Mineralogical characterization of the blue pigment of Michelangelo's fresco "The Last Judgment"
American Mineralogist (July 2006) 91 (7): 997-1005

Abstract

The blue pigment and the plaster layer of Michelangelo"s fresco "The Last Judgment" have been characterized by means of powder XRD, FT-IR, and Raman spectroscopy, as well as analytical TEM and SAED. The pigment is composed of a mineralogical assemblage that is consistent with a raw lapis lazuli rock. To try to define the provenance of this pigment, we investigated various lapis lazuli samples from different deposits that are currently considered as possible sources of the material. According to our results, the provenance of the pigment is quite dubious but the Pakistani one seems the most probable.


ISSN: 0003-004X
EISSN: 1945-3027
Coden: AMMIAY
Serial Title: American Mineralogist
Serial Volume: 91
Serial Issue: 7
Title: Mineralogical characterization of the blue pigment of Michelangelo's fresco "The Last Judgment"
Affiliation: Universita di Roma I "La Sapienza", Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Rome, Italy
Pages: 997-1005
Published: 200607
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America, Washington, DC, United States
References: 69
Accession Number: 2006-064683
Categories: General mineralogy
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 9 tables
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 200637
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