Some of the work carried out at DETEC on the use of infrared thermography in the architectural restoration field is examined. Three different techniques, pulse thermography (PT), modulated thermography (MT) and pulse phase thermography (PPT) are analyzed through the control of some art treasures such as mosaics and frescoes. In particular, the following artifacts are considered: mosaics covering some external walls of the building of the Faculty of Engineering of Naples, frescoes in the Duomo of Sarno, frescoes in the Cripta SS. Stefani in Vaste (Le), mosaics and frescoes in the Archeological Museum of Naples coming from Pompeii and Ruvo. It is found that the choice of the technique depends on the specific surface to be tested: if only qualitative information about detachments and cracks are needed the pulse thermography is sufficient; if the surface is not very sensitive to temperature rising, the pulse phase thermography can be applied which gives information about the location of the defected zone. If instead, the analysis regards rare art treasures, lockin thermography is the only response.© (2001) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.