A quick post to show you what I have been doing today with Mark (the marble guy) and Elizabeth (the student working with him). We spent the day with Hercules down in the bowels of the museum, illuminated by ultraviolet lights. No pigments on him, but under UV you can also see repaired breaks and whatever might be present on the sculpture’s surface (organic material, shellac, etc…).
All this 80s ultraviolet and industrial stuff makes me want to watch Blade Runner!
Photographing Hercules in ambient light down in the bowels of the museum.
Photographing Hercules under ultraviolet light.
Yours truly (wearing protective UV goggles but NOT an acid-washed jean jacket!) adding the colour card to a UV shot.
Detail of Hercules’ left hand: the breaks (in dark purple) make it look like he’s wearing knuckle rings!