Tools For Art Material Analysis

In order to identify the materials used by an artist on a piece of artwork, a scientist will utilize a variety of techniques to gain a full understanding of the materials that make up the work.  The scientist is interested in knowing the color, shape and composition of pigments, paint media, metals, woods, or minerals used.  This scientific understanding provides an objective means of evaluating a piece of artwork relative to a date of creation, for comparison with known works, and general knowledge for piece of artwork which can aid in conservation efforts.

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