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The Science of Art, Part 1: Using Science to Shed New Light on Art


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


04:30 PM–07:00 PM

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The Science of Art, Part 1: Using Science to Shed New Light on Art

In this series of four workshops, Walters conservators, scientists, and educators explore the many connections between science and art. Each session will introduce participants to the examination techniques used by conservators and scientists in the care and treatment of works of art from the Walters’ collection. Register for the series and save! 

This session will introduce the distinguishing properties of materials, including minerals, metals, ceramics, glass, and biomaterials. Participants will learn how Walters staff use light—both visible and non-visible parts of the electromagnetic spectrum—to identify the materials and processes of artistic production. We will explore scientific instrumentation, including techniques to identify chemical elements, compounds, and mixtures.

Case studies involving ancient Egyptian artifacts and the Archimedes Palimpsest—a 13th-century prayerbook containing erased texts by the Greek mathematician Archimedes—will highlight discoveries achieved through scientific examination.

Refunds will not be given if you are unable to attend the program for which you have registered.


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