COSCH Case Studies COSCH Case Studies

Seven case studies implementing 3D spatial and spectral documentation of material cultural heritage were realised in 2015 and 2016. The aim of these case studies is to offer in-depth investigation, enabling a good understanding of selected techniques and processes in 3D spatial and spectral documentation, applied to a particular cultural heritage object or site.



The main goal of this case study is to establish the originality, date, authorship, and eventual renewals of an icon kept in the Belgrade National Museum, of great class but in regrettable status of conservation. The tools at disposition for the ND investigation are limited to the Vis/raking light, UV, IR micro spectroscopy, CT and X-ray, but this lack will be compensated by the exhaustive databases and knowledge accumulated in the specific sector by leading scientific centres and laboratories in Russia/E Europe.
Therefore, the case study will be an occasion to compare and critically evaluate theoretical, methodological, instrumental as well as technical approach in diagnostics of easel painting in W and E Europe, and to introduce to little known concepts, publications, referential material in Slavic languages, closely linked with the specific problematic of COSCH. Between these of particular relevance are the theory of the colour of organic (natural and synthetic) dyes as a phenomenon of the quantum chemistry, the negative effect of light radiation in photography, the studies on the IR spectra of the complex molecules, the distinction between normal and electronic luminescence, the possibilities and limits of photogrammetry in the investigation of art objects, and, in general, of the different recently introduced spectral and spatial techniques in respect to the better experimented ones.
The case study will generate useful information concerning mainly the technical analyses of tempera and oil painting, the correct interpretation of their results as well as innovative ND methods for distinguishing between original and secondary works.

COSCH WG meeting in St. Etienne 27 March 2015: presentation, abstract

The case study is led by

Dr Magdelena Stoyanova, CISBI-Ca' Foscari, Venice (Centro Interdisciplinare di Studi Balcanici ed Internazionali presso il Dipartiomento di Studi sull'Asia e Africa dell'Università Ca' Foscari)


  • MSci Milica Marić Stojanović, National Museum – Belgrade
  • Ma. Branka Ivanić, National Museum – Belgrade
  • Veljko Ilić, National Museum – Belgrade
  • Prof. Krstić, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Veterinary, Lab for radiography
  • Prof. Selma Risvić, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Sarajevo
  • Dr. Anna Mazina, The Grabar Art Conservation Centre, Moscow
  • Dr. Irina Provorova, The Surikov Art Institute, Moscow
  • Dr. Galina Maximova, The Surikov Art Institute, Moscow

Information Information

COSCH final book



Digital Techniques for Documenting and Preserving Cultural Heritage

"The essays in this collection are transformative, moving beyond basic collaboration and skilfully contextualizing both scientic knowledge in the humanities and humanities knowledge in the sciences. Doing so not only heightens the quality of the research, but heightens understanding, redrawing traditional lines between disciplines and redening what it means to truly collaborate and to be a scholar in the digital age."-Bill Endres, University of Oklahoma 
In this unique collection the authors present a wide range of interdisciplinary methods to study, document, and conserve material cultural heritage. The methods used serve as exemplars of best practice with a wide variety of cultural heritage objects having been recorded, examined, and visualised. The objects range in date, scale, materials, and state of preservation and so pose dierent research questions and challenges for digitization, conservation, and ontological representation of knowledge. Heritage science and specialist digital technologies are presented in a way approachable by non-scientists, while a separate technical section provides details of methods and techniques, alongside examples of notable applications of spatial and spectral documentation of material cultural heritage, with selected literature and identication of future research. 
This book is an outcome of interdisciplinary research and debates conducted by the participants of the COST Action TD1201, Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage, 2012–16, and is an Open Access publication available under a CC BY-NC-ND licence.