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    Tumblr Topic: Alchemy in Art

    Follow the ChemHeritage Alchemy in Art board on Pinterest.

    Our April 2014 Tumblr Topic explores the colorful history of pigments, painters, and the conservators who save this legacy from the ravages of time and accidental chemistry. Participate in our webcast on April 16 using the hashtag #SciCulture and follow us here for more blog posts on the topic. We’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on this topic. Share the theme using this url:

    Upcoming Live Webcast: “Alchemy’s Rainbow: Pigment Science and the Art of Conservation”

    On April 16 the Chemical Heritage Foundation will present a live webcast exploring the colorful (and sometimes risk-filled) history of pigments and painters, and the conservationists who save paintings from the ravages of time and accidental chemistry.

    “Alchemy’s Rainbow: Pigment Science and the Art of Conservation” will feature art conservator Mark F. Bockrath and art historian Elisabeth Berry Drago.

    Our guests will discuss (and show) the messy and occasionally dangerous process of making paints from pigments and the transition to using paints from tubes. Find out how conservators preserve paintings and why alchemists were so important to painters in early modern times.

    Mark F. Bockrath is paintings conservator for Barbara A. Buckley and Associates Painting Conservation. He has worked at the Intermuseum Laboratory, the Washington Conservation Studio, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Winterthur Museum. He has also worked on several of CHF’s paintings.

    Elisabeth Berry Drago is a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Delaware. She specializes in 17th-century Dutch paintings and the ways such paintings can offer new perspectives on early modern science and artistry.

    Join us online at 6:30 p.m. EDT at 

    About the event

    This webcast is part of #SciCulture, a web series featuring discussions at the intersection of science and culture. Online viewers are invited to share their thoughts about the topic and questions for the guests on Twitter using the hashtag #SciCulture.

    Our January 2014 Tumblr Topic is about connecting to #histsci through narrative graphic arts like comics and graphic novels. Participate in our webcast, read our blog post on the subject, and learn about our University of the Arts partnership project. We’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on this topic. Share the theme using this url:

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