infrared analysis - documentation - restoration

Ridgewood Art Galleries offers a range of art related services, from documentation photography and photographic analysis to painting and frame restoration. Contact us to discuss your needs.

  • Photographic Analysis - The use of infrared reflectography / photography equipment allows the non-invasive forensic examination of a painting. Infrared light penetrates the upper layers of paint on a canvas revealing: compositional changes that the artist may have made (pentimenti), the depth and necessity of prior restorations to the painting, and, most importantly, infrared analysis can reveal the presence of underdrawing done on the canvas’ preparatory layer, prior to beginning to paint. Examination of an underdrawings’ style and technique may help support conclusions concerning authentication. An example of infrared is shown below.

    Ultraviolet light examination is also performed during analysis, revealing the presence and extent of restorations that may warrant further investigation.

  • Photographic Documentation - On-location or in-house photography of your art or art collection. We will provide digital files of various type and resolutions for purposes of printing, publication, insurance, private sales, internet use, etc. Photographic services are offered for both collectors and working artists.

  • Painting & Frame Restoration - We have extensive experience with the restoration and repair of oil paintings and antique frames. Contact us to discuss your needs.

Photographic documentation of a 19th century painting (Private collection)

Photographic documentation of a 19th century painting (Private collection)

Infrared analysis of the painting reveals three horizon lines dividing the composition, as well as the experimental placement of a ship seen above the figures on the shore. In the final painting, this lightly sketched ship was placed in the left side of the painting instead. The characteristics of this underdrawing are in-line with the techniques of the paintings’ artist.

Infrared analysis of the painting reveals three horizon lines dividing the composition, as well as the experimental placement of a ship seen above the figures on the shore. In the final painting, this lightly sketched ship was placed in the left side of the painting instead. The characteristics of this underdrawing are in-line with the techniques of the paintings’ artist.