Cultural Heritage Research Highlight 2019-2020

ADAMO Project: Technologies of Analysis, Diagnostics and Monitoring for the preservation and restoration of Cultural Heritage


ADAMO is a Research Project about Technologies of Analysis, Diagnostics and Monitoring for the preservation and restoration of Cultural Heritage [1,2].

INFN, together with public universities (La Sapienza, as lead partner, Tor Vergata, Roma Tre, Tuscia, Cassino and Lazio Meridionale) and the research centers of CNR and ENEA, is part of the Center of Excellence of the Technological District (DTC) for Cultural Heritage of the Italian Lazio Region (financed with 6 million euros by Lazio Region itself).

The objectives of the ADAMO project regard the technology transfer in the context of analyses, diagnostics and environmental monitoring for Cultural Heritage and services to enterprises based on facilities offered by DTC partners (Research institutes and Universities).

Among INFN’s technologies, which are available in the ADAMO project, there is also the synchrotron radiation facility DAFNE-Light, at the INFN Frascati National Laboratory. Indeed, the DAFNE-Light SINBAD-IR beamline is considered an important tool for the characterization of stratigraphic sections through IR micro-spectroscopy.






[1] M. Sbroscia, M. Cestelli-Guidi, F. Colao, S. Falzone, C. Gioia, P. Gioia, C. Marconi, D. Mirabile Gattia, E.M. Loreti, M. Marinelli, M. Missori, F. Persia, L. Pronti, M. Romani, A. Sodo, G. Verona-Rinati, M.A. Ricci, R. Fantoni, Multi-analytical non-destructive investigation of pictorial apparatuses of “Villa della Piscina” in Rome, Microchemical Journal, in press (November 2019), DOI: 10.1016/j.microc.2019.104450

[2] L. Pronti, M. Romani, G. Verona-Rinati, O. Tarquini, F. Colao, M. Colapietro, A. Pifferi, Mariangela Cestelli-Guidi, Marco Marinelli, Post-Processing of VIS, NIR, and SWIR Multispectral Images of Paintings. New Discovery on the The Drunkenness of Noah, Painted by Andrea Sacchi, Stored at Palazzo Chigi (Ariccia, Rome), Heritage (2019) 2, 2275–2286  DOI:10.3390/heritage2030139

[3] Romani, L. Pronti, M. Sbroscia, F. Petrucci, O. Tarquini, G. Verona-Rinati, M.A. Ricci, A. Sodo, M. Colapietro, M. Marinelli, A. Pifferi, M. Cestelli-Guidi, “St. Joseph with the Child” by Gian Lorenzo Bernini: a definitive artwork or just a preparatory drawing? A multidisciplinary study of the only autograph painting of the Artist, preserved at Palazzo Chigi of Ariccia (Rome)” Journal of Cultural Heritage, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2020.08.003

[4] Pronti, M. Romani, O. Tarquini, G. Verona-Rinati, F. Petrucci, M. Colapietro, A. Pifferi, M. Marinelli and M. Cestelli Guidi, “Portrait of Mario Nuzzi”: a preliminary analytical study of Mario Nuzzi’s pictorial production and of his artistic collaborations. The European Physical Journal Plus135(8), 1-14.  https://doi.org/10.1140/epjp/s13360-020-00607-1

[5] Romani, L. Pronti, F. Colao, C. Seccaroni, A. Puiu, A. C. Felici, G. Verona Rinati, M. Cestelli-Guidi, A. Tognacci, M. Vendittelli, M. Mangano, A. Acconci, G. Bonifazi, S. Serranti, M. Marinelli, R. Fantoni, Analytical chemistry approach in cultural heritage: the case of Vincenzo Pasqualoni’s wall paintings in S. Nicola in Carcere (Rome), submitted to Microchemical Journal, Volume 156, July 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.microc.2020.104920

[6] Pronti, M. Romani, G. Viviani, C. Stani, P. Gioia, M. Cestelli Guidi, “Advanced methods for the analysis of Roman wall paintings. Elemental and molecular detection by means of synchrotron FT-IR and SEM micro-imaging spectroscopy”, Rendiconti Lincei. Scienze Fisiche e Naturali, 2019, Rendiconti Lincei. Scienze Fisiche e Naturalivolume 31, pages485–493(2020), https://doi.org/10.1002/jrs.270


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Project Coordinator:

Roberta Fantoni, ENEA



WP3 – Analysis and diagnostic by large scale facilities:

Mariangela Cestelli Guidi, DAFNE-Light