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Materials science challenges in paintings

Nature Materials volume 17, pages 106109 (2018) | Download Citation

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Through the paintings of the old masters, we showcase how materials science today provides us with a vision of the processes involved in the creation of a work of art: the choice of materials, the painter's skill in handling these materials, and the perception of the finished work.

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  1. Philippe Walter and Laurence de Viguerie are at Laboratoire d'archéologie moléculaire et structurale (LAMS), Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, Paris, France

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