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Палитрата на Сирак Скитник
On Sirak Skitnik’s Palette

Author(s): Petia Penkova, Ilinka Chergarova
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Sirak Skitnik’s significance is undoubted in the pantheon of the Bulgarian cultural greats between the two world wars. An artist and art reviewer, poet and dramatic arts historian, Sirak was remarkable for his views of art, shown in his expressive manner, expressiveness and great colouristic skills both in painting and literature. This article is the first ever to focus on technological and restoration aspects of the painter’s heritage. Proceeding from a valuable to any great painter item, the palette, both the substances in the paints used by the artist and the time of using the palette (probably in the 1930s) are made clear through a series of tests: photofluorographic examination, X-ray crystal analysis and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). The article is an interim report of a kind, the follow-up of which along with using laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (LIF), would allow for precisely fixing the content of the pigments as well as for establishing the exact number of paints both found on the palette and in some of Sirak Skitnik’s paintings so that to contribute to a more accurate dating of his works.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 39-44
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian