A multi-analytical approach is presented to determine the organic and inorganic composition of gilding samples that have a multi-material and multi-layered structure. The effectiveness of the combination of mass spectrometric methods to identify organic materials and molecular imaging to localise organic constituents is explored by a detailed characterisation of the materials used in three the art technical and historical context of gilding.
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M.P. Colombini , L. Tassi

Bonaduce, I., & Boon, J. J. (2008). An integrated mass spectrometric and molecular imaging analytical approach to identify and localise constituents in paintings applied to gilded multilayer structures from 14th to 16th C works of art. In M. P. Colombini & L. Tassi (Eds.), New trends in analytical, environmental and cultural heritage chemistry (pp. 345–388).