: This paper demonstrates the efficacy of portable mid-infrared spectroscopy as a diagnostic tool for revealing the presence of lead carboxylates on artworks, in situ, without sampling. Samples of cerussite and hydrocerussite - the main components of lead white - were separately mixed with linseed oil, and artificially aged in two steps. Their compositional changes have been monitored over time by infrared spectroscopy in two investigation modes: absorption (benchtop instrument) and reflection (portable instrument), and by XRD spectroscopy. Each component of lead white showed different behavior depending on aging conditions, giving important information about the degradation products which are found in real cases. The accordance of results obtained in both modalities demonstrates that portable FT-MIR is a reliable technique for individuating and identifying lead carboxylates directly on paintings. Examples of the efficacy of this application are provided, by studying paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.
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