Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Art Conservation

Henry Alexander (American, 1860–1894). Scene from "The Mikado," with Louise Paullin (detail), 1886. Oil on panel. Anonymous gift. 1980.50.3

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this video case study examines the role of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) in art conservation. Through interviews with conservators at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) demonstrates the potential of this new imaging technique for conservation research, treatment, documentation and outreach.