Introduction to the "Matisse Method"

Spectral analysis system available to the art sector

This method is a patented and unique spectral analysis system, which makes possible to deduce the most optimal way to illuminate a Work of Art. This process has been called the “Matisse Method” and has come to revolutionize the artwork lighting sector.

The most advanced LED chips on the market combined with a careful selection of luminaires, make our solution possibly the best and most exclusive alternative on the market in terms of lighting for Works of Art.

Last February 2019, we gave a presentation at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía during the XIX Contemporary Art Conservation Conference, where we presented our revolutionary system to the world.

What advantages does it offer compared to standard lighting?

By using LED technology, we completely eliminate IR and UV radiation,that have a negative influence on the conservation of Works of Art. This is one of the most important benefits of our “Matisse Method” compared to other conventional lighting systems.

By analyzing the reflected spectrum, we can also significantly reduce the absorbed radiation within the visible spectrum; In other words, we improve the conservation of the Work and increase its display quality.

What does optimize mean?

All materials, including those that make up the Works of Art, absorb and reflect radiation such as infrared (IR), ultraviolet (UV) or visible light. Our advanced analysis determines which of these radiations are rejected and absorbed by each Artwork.

After establishing an absorbance profile of the Work, we are able to determine a light spectrum that is predominantly reflected, rather than absorbed. This optimizes the color fidelity of the Work while reduces the radiation damage.

How do we do it?

The execution begins using sophisticated instruments, placing in front of the Work a variable LED luminaire and projecting various light spectrums in order to measure the reflected light.

Next, we analyze the longitudinal components of each reflected spectrum, to compare them with the emitted spectrum, in order to  obtain the absorbed light in each longitudinal component (color). With this information, we can select or manufacture the perfect LED for the analyzed Work to later integrate it into the most suitable luminaire.

Why do we improve?

Taking into account the particularities of the human eye, we compare the spectra selected in absorbance measurements with the human photopic vision function, allowing us to apply techniques to select only those useful components to the human eye.

In short, we do not project onto the Work what cannot be seen, improving both conservation and perception.

How does the process end?

The process ends with the installation of the luminaires, custom-made for the particular Work or Collection for which they are intended.

The “Matisse Method” is a market-oriented project designed to have a real application, since the optimal spectrum deduced can be replicated in a standard market luminaire.

Catalog of LED products for lighting Museums and restoration of works of Art

lighting solutions for the art sector

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