The varnishing point: Where science meets art

In 2014, the art conservation world was thrown into chaos when the company producing MS2A varnish shut down. No one else had the technical knowledge to continue making the go-to varnish for art conservators worldwide.

Lab sleuths help art world uncover fakes

Dressed in an immaculate white lab coat, Sandra Mottaz stares intently through a stereo microscope at a bold-coloured painting purportedly by French master Fernand Leger, searching for signs of forgery.

Japanese gold leaf artists worked on a nanoscale

Ancient Japanese gold leaf artists were truly masters of their craft. An analysis of six ancient Namban paper screens show that these artifacts are gilded with gold leaf that was hand-beaten to the nanometer scale. Study ...

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