XRF macro scanning as a first step of non-invasive investigation of the works of art

BIZON posterAuthor: Katarzyna Bizon
Mentors: Associate Professor Małgorzata Walczak, PhD, Michał Płotek, MA, and Associate Professor Jarosław Adamowicz, PhD

Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Cracow (Poland)
Study programme: Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art
Specialization: Paintings (5th year of study)


The poster focuses on the presentation of the non-invasive examination of objects by Macro Scanner XRF and interpretation of the gathered results. The studied object is a panel painting An Old Testament Scene by Jacob Willemszoon de Wet, a Dutch painter from the XVII century. It is also the graduation work of the author of the poster. The investigation was carried out as the first step in the research and it was very helpful for the revealing of the now invisible parts of the composition. The Biblical scene painted by the Dutch painter is dark and shows signs  of overcleaning. This is especially true of the background, which is hardly recognizable under dark, opaque and partially overcleaned varnish layers. The poster presents the conclusions reached after the examination of the painting by XRF, but before any invasive research being taken, which is needed to receive full information about the work. 

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Short biography

KATARZYNA BIZOŃ was born in 1988 in Świebodzice (Lower Silesia) in Poland. She graduated from the III Secondary Scholl in Świdnica. During her studies, Katarzyna was the Student Government leader in the Conservation Department. She received the Best Student Scholarship in  2014 and 2015. Over Erasmus Programme, she spent one summer working as an apprentice at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and a semester at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (2014/15). She is currently carrying a research focused on her diploma work, a painting from Dutch Golden Age (an Old Testament scene painted by Jacob Willemszoon de Wet).