Sofrino takes great care in providing its clients with detailed consultations and appraisals regarding paintings and their history.
Dendrochronological analysis is used to date and authenticate wooden panels and frames. This method of dating helps to determine the tree’s felling date by measuring the width of the annual rings on the panels.
The analysis of multi-layered paint in embedded cross-sections is done by restorers to get a better understanding of a painting’s layered structure, its pigments and painting-technique.
The microscope is often used to examine the nature of the craquelure of the paint layer, the condition of the tears and cracks as well as the spread of previously applied retouchings and overpaintings.
UV and IR photography are used to determine prior interventions, authentication, intentions of the painter and material/pigment identification.
X-ray analysis allows restorers to get information about the structure of the support of a painting, as well as the condition of the canvas or panel.