Although an artist can carefully control what is viewed on the surface of a painting, accelerator techniques used by physicists can reveal what’s hidden beneath. Join us to discuss how physics can be used in the analysis of “seeing” below the surface of a painting. We’ll explore how analysis using accelerator techniques coupled with an understanding of pigments has aided in restoring art as well as exposing forgeries. We will discuss case studies that have changed the art world’s perspective on many paintings and artists.
About our speaker
Dr. Diane Markoff is a Professor of Physics at North Carolina Central University and is a member of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Physics Laboratory located on the Duke University campus. She has spent her career around various accelerators doing research in experimental nuclear and neutrino physics. She enjoys exploring the less well-known impacts of nuclear physics on culture, forensics, and archeology.