Dr Michela Botticelli
Research Assistant in Spectroscopic techniques on Paintings
History of Art, University of Glasgow
Michela joined us as a research assistant on the PISTACHIO (Photonic Imaging Strategies For Technical Art History And Conservation) research project. This project, carried out in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University and The Hunterian, focuses on extracting information about composition, structure and process of creation of artworks in a non-destructive way and by multi-disciplinary technical approaches.
Michela has a PhD in Earth Sciences from ‘Sapienza’ University in Rome, focused on the provenance of red pigments. She took a research fellowship at the same University, on the study of pottery from the archaeological site of Khalet al-Jam’ha, near Bethlehem.
Before joining our Technical Art History Group as a post-doc on the PISTACHIO project, Michela was a as scientific collaborator at Istituto Centrale per il Restauro, in Rome, for two years. There she studied mural paintings, ceramic, stones and glass artworks by using several analytical techniques, with a micro-destructive approach. Her research interests deal with archaeometric investigations on pigments to assess provenance criteria, to detect forgeries or contribute to a better knowledge of their production processes and trade routes. She is also interested in instrumental set-up and applications to study different kind of materials in a non-destructive or micro-destructive way, being this aspect so important when dealing with Cultural Heritage.