Contact details:

Conservation of Wall Painting Department

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Somerset House

Strand

London WC2R 0RN

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2993
satoko.tanimoto@courtauld.ac.uk


Sharon Cather
Satoko has recently completed working at Imperial College London as the AHRC/ESPRC Science and Heritage Programme post-doctoral fellow from October 2010. She previously completed a 3-year Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, British Museum, where she worked on a number of projects drawing on a range of analytical techniques, including the technical study of numerous Italian Renaissance drawings for the exhibition Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings (2010). This was a collaborative project with the Gabinetto Disegno e Stampe degli Uffizi in Florence.

Satoko has a first degree in Chemistry and Pharmacy/Pharmacology from Kobe Pharmaceutical University in Japan, and an MSc in Environmental Sciences and Management from the University of San Francisco. She also spent a year as an intern at the Getty Conservation Institute, before completing a PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. During her PhD, Satoko also spent several periods working in the Science Section at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as a tutor in the Conservation Department at the City and Guilds Art School, and with The Courtauld’s conservation project on the wall paintings at Nagaur in India. 


 

research interests


  • Technical study of paintings, drawings and artefacts.
  • Scientific examination of the materials and techniques used in artefacts and their conservation


 

publications

 


S. Tanimoto, R. Stacey, G. Varndell, and T. Sweek, ‘Grimes Graves revisited: a new light on chalk ‘lamps’’, The British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, 5 (2011) pp. 39-47.

T. Sweek, J.R. Anderson, and S. Tanimoto, ‘Conservation of an Amun Temple in the Sudan’ In: J. Válek, C. Groot and J.J. Hughes (eds.) 2nd Conference on Historic Mortars - HMC 2010 and RILEM TC 203-RHM final workshop, , 2010. pp. 733 – 741.

RILEM Publications SARL (2010).
http://rilem.net/gene/main.php?base=500218&id_publication=82&id_papier=3358

R. Stacey, C. Cartwright, S. Tanimoto, and A. Villing, ‘Coatings and contents: investigations of residues on four fragmentary sixth-century BC vessels from Naukratis (Egypt)’, The British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, 4 (2010) pp. 19-26.

S. Tanimoto, G. Verri, J. Ambers, J. Bescoby, and J. Rayner, Chapter 2 Methodology, in Italian Renaissance Drawings: technical examination and analysis, ed. J. Ambers, C. Higgitt, and D. Saunders, Archetype Publications, (2010) pp. 7-16.

J. Bescoby, J. Rayner, and S. Tanimoto, Chapter 5 Dry drawing media, in Italian Renaissance Drawings: technical examination and analysis, ed. J. Ambers, C. Higgitt, and D. Saunders, Archetype Publications, (2010) pp. 39-56.

G. Verri, S. Tanimoto, and C. Higgitt, Chapter 6 Inks and washes, in Italian Renaissance Drawings: technical examination and analysis, ed. J. Ambers, C. Higgitt, and D. Saunders, Archetype Publications, (2010) pp. 57-76.

S. Tanimoto, and C. Higgitt, ‘Chapter 7 Watercolour, bodycolour and heightening’, in Italian Renaissance Drawings: technical examination and analysis, ed. J. Ambers, C. Higgitt, and D. Saunders, Archetype Publications, (2010) pp. 77-88

S. Tanimoto and G. Verri, ‘A note on the non-invasive investigations on silverpoint drawings by means of near-infrared-reflectography’, Studies in Conservation, 54(2), (2009) pp. 106-116

S. Tanimoto, G. Verri, D. Saunders, H. Chapman, J. Rayner and J. Bescoby, Technical examination and analysis of Andrea Mantegna’s Virtus Combusta, in Techne, ed. M. Menu and E. Ravand, Eu-Artech, (2009) pp.35-40.

S.Tanimoto, 'Interactions between silicate and salt melts in LBA glass-making', with Th. Rehren, Journal of Archaeological Science, 35/9, (2008), pp. 2566-2573

D. A. Scott, L. Swartz Dodd, J. Furihata, S. Tanimoto, J. Keeney, M. R. Schilling and E. Cowan, ‘An Ancient Egyptian cartonnage broad collar: technical examination of pigments and binding media’ Studies in Conservation, 49/3, (2004), pp. 177-192


Keywords


Conservation;  paintings; scientific examination;  analysis of painting materials; technical examination of paintings; conservation materials and methods.