Alternative Careers: Chemistry and the Art Detective

August 1, 2013

Painting of a woman's face

In art museums around the world Conservation scientists are using chemistry to preserve and restore valuable pieces of art. Dr. Suzanne Quillen Lomax from the National Gallery of Art discusses how organic chemistry contributes to the analysis and unearths the history behind renowned works of art.

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What You Will Learn

  • Conservation scientists work in museum environments, including art museums
  • Paintings are composed of many materials in a complex layer structure
  • Micro-samples as well as non-invasive techniques can provide art historical and conservation information

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Suzanne Lomax
National Gallery of Art