Spurenbestandteile in Ägyptisch Blau als kunsttechnologischer Informationsträger

The research work is based on the identification of mineral trace components and thus, individual 'biographical' details in ancient Roman Egyptian blue from Switzerland by means of Raman microscopy.


  • Lead school Bern Academy of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Materiality in Art and Culture 
  • Research unit Technology in Art and Culture
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration (planned) 01.08.2021 - 31.07.2022
  • Project management Dr. Petra Dariz
  • Head of project Dr. Petra Dariz
  • Project staff Dr. Thomas Schmid
  • Partner Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Berlin
    Site et Musée romains d’Avenches
    Augusta Raurica
    Goethe-Stiftung für Kunst und Wissenschaft
    UBS Kulturstiftung


The interpretation of the phase composition focuses on type and origin of the raw materials, production parameters as well as reactions during application and ageing of the pigment. The outcome will be compared with the results of a preliminary study on Early Medieval Egyptian blue from South Tyrol.