REVIEW PROJECTS FOR CHEMISTRY IN ART
SELECTION TO BE COMPLETED BY NOVEMBER 18, 2010
The Shroud of
Even if you believe is real your job is to present the piece, describe its origins, historical value, its travel in time since its discovery and all the controversy around its authenticity. Be critical and present both sides of the argument. Describe the physical and chemical analyses that have been conducted on it and the attempts to recreate it. There is a wealth of information on the shroud including a NGEO documentary.
Bellini’s Feast of the Gods
This is not a fake but rather a painting that was completed and changed several times by numerous artists. The best way to understand the painting is to see the color version and the x-ray version of it. You will need to present the origin of the painting, who commissioned it, its travel in time before its current location and any controversy regarding its authenticity. Be critical and present both sides of the argument. Describe the physical and chemical analyses that have been conducted on it.
The Sistine Chapel Restoration
In 1980 the
The Supper at Emmaus
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was one of the most famous Dutch painters of the 17th century. Although his work was impressive and flawless; he was criticized for the use of the “camera obscura”. His work was often forged but the best fakes were produced by Han Van Meegeren in the early 1900s. The supper at Emmaus is one of the most studied one. Please concentrate your review on those two aspects, describe Vermeer’s work, the use of the “camera obscura” (how to prove or disprove that he used it) and provide a comparison with Meegeren’s work.
Here is a puzzling one. In its Nativity painting Jacopo Tintoretto shows us a very puzzling arrangement of the main characters. The baby Jesus is on the canter but only Joseph is looking at him. All the other figures seemed to have been “photoshoped” in from other paintings. Since they did not have computers back then is your job to tell us what happened in this case. The answer is easily found if you x-ray the painting (and people had). Please provide a brief history of the artist, the painting itself and do a critical review of how the painting ended looking as it does today.
The Mona Lisa
This one may not have anything to do with forgery but we are still not clear if Leonardo’s version is sitting at the Louvre or not. Tell us what happened and why we may think that it is a fake. There is a lot of evidence and a lot of fiction about its disappearing in 1911. Be critical, consider the “facts”.
Leonardo’s La Bella Principessa.
This could be a case of mistaken identity. It was a 19th Century German Work before it was a Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece! Please tell us all you can about it, its history, travel in time, proof of authenticity, and the chemical and physical test conducted on it to sustain the decision. Be critical but present both sides of the argument.
The Getty Kouros
Oops, The Getty Museum paid $7 million for this piece of marble in 1985. This is a case of if its too good to be true it probably is… Please tell us all you can about it, its history, travel in time, proof of authenticity, and the chemical and physical test conducted on it to sustain the decision. Be critical but present both sides of the argument.