Science & Art

When: 09/21/2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Scientists from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Stony Brook University, joined by Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan, will present a program at the Museum on Friday, September 21 at 7 PM, that will reveal the scientific mysteries that lie within historic artworks.

For their research, the scientists used an ultrabright x-ray microscope — Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source II —to analyze a minute sample from The Crucifixion, a 15th Century oil painting by Jan Van Eyck. The research shed light on how and why some works of art deteriorate, and raises questions of how they might be better preserved.