|A cross-section from the painting Cross 1959 by Colin McCahon|
Sampling from paintings is only done if absolutely necessary and great care is taken in finding a suitable location. The cross-section sample will be smaller than a pin-head and from an existing damage. Alan looks through the microscope to place the edge of the cross-section on a glass slide where it is secured. A plastic mould is placed around it, resin poured in and label inserted to the side.
|GCI Scientist, Alan Phenix, pouring resin into the mould to prepare a cross-section.|
|Alan looking at the McCahon cross-section|
The Getty will be publishing their cross-section technique online in the near future and more information about Alan can be found here:
- Sarah Hillary, Principal Conservator