Conservation & Art Materials Encyclopedia Online
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The Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia Online (CAMEO) is a database that compiles, defines, and disseminates technical information on the distinct collection of terms, materials, and techniques used in the fields of art conservation and historic preservation. First developed as a materials database in 1997 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston it has expanded with the cooperation of multiple institutions to include several reference collections. Learn more about CAMEO.
To use CAMEO, select any of the databases on the left or below, or simply search by entering text into the search box at the top right.
- Materials Database: chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on historic and contemporary materials used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archaeological, and anthropological materials.
- Dye Analysis: text
- Fiber Reference Image Library: A database of images of textile fibers acquired through the use of multiple microscopic techniques, created with support from the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology (NCPTT).
- Forbes Pigment Database: text
- Uemura Dye Archive: A collection of 744 dyed fabrics prepared in the early 20th century by Uemura Rokuro, a scholar of traditional dyeing techniques in Japan.
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