Cal Poly Pomona

Physics Seminar

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Scientific Analysis and Materials Research in the Conservation of Works of Art

Chris Maines

National Gallery of Art

The field of conservation science can be separated into two general categories. Scientific analysis of materials present in a work of art can aid in understanding how the work is constructed, the source of the work, its age, and how to distinguish original materials from later restorations. The study of degradation processes of materials allows one to establish procedures for protecting a work of art from further deterioration and to find the most stable materials for its conservation. Examples of analyses performed on objects in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, as well as current research on conservation materials will be discussed.

Refreshments at 11:00 AM. Seminar begins at 11:10 AM.
Building 8, Room 241
For further information, please call (909) 869-4014

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