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Munch's Materials: How Science Informs Art History

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Flaten Art Museum at St. Olaf College is initiating scientific analysis of an unattributed portrait of the violinist Eva Mudocci, believed to be by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. During the first phase of the noninvasive examination, analysts from Scientific Analysis of Fine Art (SAFA) will collect minute samples – submillimeter in size – from discrete areas of the painting. Long wave ultraviolet light and x-ray fluorescence will be used to identify the paint’s molecular composition and layer structure, revealing whether or not the work is consistent with Munch’s working methods and materials.

Join analysts Jennifer Mass, Ph.D. and Adam Finnefrock, Ph.D., of SAFA to learn more about technical art history, its applications, and their examination of this intriguing portrait.

Munch’s Materials: How Science Informs Art History

Tuesday, October 2, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Viking Theatre in Buntrock Commons at Saint Olaf College

Later Event: October 2
Tord Gustavsen Trio