Chemistry and Art

Eric Doehne

““The most ominous of fallacies:

 the belief that things can be kept static by inaction.”

- Freya Stark

“In time and with water, everything changes”

- Leonardo da Vinci

Course Description:

This course explores core concepts in materials and environmental chemistry through the study of works of art, laboratory creation of artists’ materials, and measurement of environmental degradation using state-of-the-art analytical instruments. The co-evolution of artists’ materials and chemistry reveals unexpected historical connections between the art of science and science of art.

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