Rolland Gallery of Art and Cal Lutheran Chemistry Department Explore the Work of Art Detectives

At California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, the Rolland Gallery of Art partnered with the Chemistry Department to put on “Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History.” This exhibit gives Cal Lutheran students and visitors the opportunity to have “an inside look at the methods used by art detectives to reveal the secrets of artworks, ranging from X-rays and infrared light to solvents that remove varnish. Visitors can compare before and after images, try to identify what has been altered in a work and use ultraviolet light to detect changes.”

This exhibition will be the central focus of a new class: “Chemical Investigations of Art” which Katherine Hoffmann, the John Stauffer Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and Robert Dion, an adjunct professor of chemistry,  will teach in January. (California Lutheran University)

Image: Half of this oil painting by Richard Wilson has been cleaned.

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