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Microstructure and Surface Properties of Frescoes Based on Lime and Cement: The Influence of the Artist's Technique

Abstract : Frescoes are known to be the most durable form of mural painting. The traditional technique, widely used throughout history, consists of applying water-dispersed pigments on a fresh lime plaster, which hardens through a carbonation reaction. At the beginning of the 20th century, Portland cement was used by some mural artists to obtain similar painting plaster. Although involving different setting mechanisms, cement-based frescoes show the same aspect and durability as lime-based frescoes. Using microstructure characterizations of ancient frescoes (lime- or cement-based) and laboratory reconstructions, this paper offers a description of the mechanisms responsible for the adhesion of pigments and the hardening of surface.
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Matthieu Horgnies, Marine Bayle, Éléonore Gueit, Evelyne Darque-Ceretti, Marc Aucouturier. Microstructure and Surface Properties of Frescoes Based on Lime and Cement: The Influence of the Artist's Technique. Archaeometry, Wiley, 2015, 57 (2), pp.344-361. ⟨10.1111/arcm.12093⟩. ⟨hal-00978675⟩

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