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The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings

This compendium of original essays features discoveries made by an international team of researchers – scholars of applied radiation sciences, anthropology, art history, biomedical engineering, as well as conservators, conservation scientists, forensic art historians, and curators – who examined several paintings from the museum’s collection, including works by Vincent Van Gogh, Alexander Rodchenko and Peter Paul Rubens’ workshop. The result is a multidisciplinary, collaborative study of paintings as complex physical objects whose component parts tell us a story about their history.

In English and in French
280 pp colour throughout softcover

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Carol Podedworny, Brandi Lee MacDonald, Nenagh Hathaway, Fiona McNeill, Ihor Holubizky, Ron Spronk, Gianfranco Pocobene, Alison Murray, Julie Bronson, Stephanie S. Dickey