In December 2018, wood scientists Volker Haag and Valentina Zemke from the Thünen-Institut, Institut für Holzforschung transported comprehensive microscopy equipment from Hamburg to the Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali in Roma. At the heart of this equipment is a state-of-the-art 3D-RLM (3D-reflected light microscopy) microscope for a completely non-destructive material analysis that allows the scientists to identify the types of wood used to build the Barberini Harp. The scientists’ repertoire of tools also includes a custom computer with specialist image analysis software, as well as various eyepieces and stands for different applications. This video provides an account of this process. Haag and Zemke were supported in this process by the wood scientist Swati Tamantini of the Università degli Studi della Tuscia, DIBAF (Viterbo), who took and processed images used in the February 2019 Thünen-Institut Wood Species Identification Report.
With the generous support of the Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali, Thünen-Institut, and Studio Armin Linke.
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Cite:&&<i>Examining the Harp in Roma: The Process</i>, Barberini Harp Project / Examinations, by Studio Armin Linke / Harfenlabor, May 12, 2022, Harfenlabor.com, MP4, 17:44, https://www.harfenlabor.com/research/examining-the-harp-in-roma-the-process/.