Volume 51, Issue 12 p. 1196-1210
Special feature: perspective

High mass and spatial resolution mass spectrometry imaging of Nicolas Poussin painting cross section by cluster TOF-SIMS

Manale Noun

Manale Noun

Laboratoire d'Archéologie Moléculaire et Structurale (LAMS), Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, UMR 8220, 5 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France

Present address: Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission, CNRS-L, Riad El Solh, Beirut, Lebanon.Search for more papers by this author
Elsa Van Elslande

Elsa Van Elslande

Laboratoire d'Archéologie Moléculaire et Structurale (LAMS), Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, UMR 8220, 5 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France

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David Touboul

David Touboul

Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, CNRS UPR 2301, Univ. Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, Avenue de la Terrasse, 91198 Gif-sur-Yvette, France

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Helen Glanville

Helen Glanville

Laboratoire d'Archéologie Moléculaire et Structurale (LAMS), Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, UMR 8220, 5 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France

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Spike Bucklow

Spike Bucklow

Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, CB22 4NE Cambridge, UK

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Philippe Walter

Philippe Walter

Laboratoire d'Archéologie Moléculaire et Structurale (LAMS), Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, UMR 8220, 5 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France

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Alain Brunelle

Corresponding Author

Alain Brunelle

Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, CNRS UPR 2301, Univ. Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, Avenue de la Terrasse, 91198 Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Correspondence to: Alain Brunelle, Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, CNRS UPR 2301, Univ. Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, Avenue de la Terrasse, 91198 Gif-sur-Yvette, France. E-mail: [email protected]Search for more papers by this author
First published: 12 September 2016
Citations: 21

Abstract

Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) imaging using cluster primary ion beams is used for the identification of the pigments in the painting of Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well by Nicolas Poussin. The combination of the high mass resolution of the technique with a sub-micrometer spatial resolution offered by a delayed extraction of the secondary ions, together with the possibility to simultaneously identifying both minerals and organics, has proved to be the method of choice for the study of the stratigraphy of a paint cross section. The chemical compositions of small grains are shown with the help of a thorough processing of the data, with images of specific ions, mass spectra extracted from small regions of interest, and profiles drawn along the different painting layers. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.