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Title: Preservation and usage: the Altar Machine in the Church Mother of Gangi (Palermo, Italy) and its microclimate.
Authors: Lo Monaco, Angela
Marabelli, Maurizio
Pelosi, Claudia
Salvo, Michele
Keywords: Microclimate;Altar machine;Wood artefact;FTIR spectrometry
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Marco Valerio Editore
Source: Lo Monaco, A. et al. 2010. Preservation and usage: the Altar Machine in the Church Mother of Gangi (Palermo, Italy) and its microclimate. In: Visco, G. (a cura di). CMA4CH 3rd International Meeting on Multivariate Analysis and Chemometry to Cultural Heritage and Environment (Taormina, 26-29 September 2010). Torino, Marco Valerio, pp. 55-56
The aim of this work has been to study the correlation between delicate poli material artefacts, like painted wooden sculptures, and their microclimate. In particular the Altar Machine in the Church Mother of Gangi, a little town near Palermo (Italy), has been investigated. The Machine is constituted by carved and painted wood and a complex system of winch and pulleys allows to move various statues and parts of the Machine in accordance with the baroque scenographic machineries. The microclimate of the Machine has been investigated in order to verify if the thermoigrometric values fall within the tolerance intervals that, for wood and painted wooden sculptures, has been set between 19 and 24 °C (temperature) and between 45 and 60 % (relative humidity, RH%)[1]. Analyses for the identification of wood species and for the study of the painting materials have been also carried out. All images and data are at disposal on the web site
ISBN: 978-88-7547-288-7
Rights: If not otherwise stated, this document is distributed by the Tuscia University Open Archive under a Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution - Noncommercial - Noderivs License (
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