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 Taking paint samples

The Feast of the Gods is a three layer cake whose structure is revealed by slicing it. These slices, called cross-sections, give us snapshot views of the painting sequence. To take a cross-section, a half millimeter sliver is cut along a crack, mounted in plastic, and sectioned. Viewed under a microscope, we see the paint layers and identify their pigments.

Samples are usually taken near existing damage, like this paint loss in the meadow. In the example above, we see a bright green meadow, vivid green shrubbery, and dull brown tree trunks. Cross-sections complement other methods. X-rays and infrared reveal superimposed layers; cross-sections reveal their sequence.

> See more information about the pigments used at this time, and the specific painting methods of the Feast of the Gods.

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