Rosa Costantini

Research title

From the Golden Age to the Digital Age: Modelling and Monitoring Historic Tapestries

Research summary

The main aim of this interdisciplinary research is to assess the effectiveness of tapestry conservation and display practices. To objectively evaluate different conservation approaches, engineering techniques are used. In particular, the contactless full-field optical technique Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is employed to monitor strains across several case studies (newly woven tapestries, historic hangings and samples from a wool rep fabric), always in a non-invasive way. The project is carried out in close collaboration with textile conservators at Glasgow Museums who are preparing tapestries for display in the refurbished Burrell Collection. Among the practices tested, the effects of slanting support boards at different angles are studied.


  • Leverhulme Trust Research Grant RGP-2015-179

Additional information



  • Alsayednoor, J., Harrison, P., Dobbie, M., Costantini, R. and Lennard, F. (2018) Evaluating the use of digital image correlation for strain measurement in historic tapestries using representative deformation fields. Strain, (Accepted for Publication)
  • Costantini, R., Vanden Berghe, I. and Izzo, F. C. (2018) New insights into the fading problems of safflower red dyed textiles through a HPLC-PDA and colorimetric study. Journal Of Cultural Heritage, (doi:10.1016/j.culher.2018.12.002)


  • Costantini, R., Shibayama, N., Carò, F., (2018) Logwood blue: dyeing, fading and the possible marker compound for the HPLC-PDA identification by a mild extraction [poster]. 37th Annual Meeting of Dyes in History and Archaeology (DHA37), Caparica, Portugal, 25-26 Oct 2016
  • Costantini, R., Vanden Berghe, I., and Izzo, F. C. (2016) Safflower red-dyed textiles: degradation in illuminated and dark environments [oral presentation]. 35th Annual Meeting of Dyes in History and Archaeology (DHA35), Pisa, Italy, 5-8 Oct 2016