Why do we make cross-sections

Cross-sections allow conservators to:

  • understand layer structure and thus artist’s intent
  • differentiate original and subsequent layers and thus understand the history of the object
  • carry out multiple analyses of materials to understand nature of layers

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The image above left shows a cross-section with distinct layers compared with the UV image of the same section on the right showing clearly two distinct upper layers.