Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Museum of Art

Art Illuminating the Spirit

Masterpiece under the Microscope

July 28, 2009 February 21, 2010

What can science tell us about art? Joseph Barabe, a scientist at McCrone Associates of Westmont, Illinois, examined paint samples under a microscope and viewers could see what a painting looks like in an X-ray. Curator Jonathan Canning and conservator Maura Checconi interpreted these scientific discoveries in light of the art history and painting practices of 18th-century Spain.

This exhibition was part of Science Chicago: Lifes a Lab.

Image: Portrait of a Jesuit Saint: San Francisco de Borja, 1726, Bernardo Lorente Germán, Spanish (Seville), oil on canvas. In loving memory of Marilyn M. Simpson, given by her devoted husband and children, 1997-01.


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