In a recent interview with Artnet News, Professor Cecil
Dybowski of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry discussed the work of
his group, in collaboration with Dr. Silvia Centeno of the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, to understand reactions in masterworks of art that are slowly producing
lead soaps from the constituents of paints, causing deterioration of some of
the world’s great masterpieces of art.
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the work uses
sophisticated NMR, IR and X-ray techniques to study reactions in model paint
films. The complete article by Sarah
Cascone can be found at the Artnet website.