Navigation Links
High-energy X-rays shine light on mystery of Picasso's paints
Date:2/7/2013

ARGONNE, Ill. (Feb. 6, 2013) -- The Art Institute of Chicago teamed up with Argonne National Laboratory to unravel a decades-long debate among art scholars about what kind of paint Picasso used to create his masterpieces.

The results published last month in the journal Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing adds significant weight to the widely held theory that Picasso was one of the first master painters to use common house paint rather than traditional artists' paint. That switch in painting material gave birth to a new style of art marked by canvasses covered in glossy images with marbling, muted edges, and occasional errant paint drips but devoid of brush marks. Fast-drying enamel house paint enabled this dramatic departure from the slow-drying heavily blended oil paintings that dominated the art world up until Picasso's time.

The key to decoding this long-standing mystery was the development of a unique high-energy X-ray instrument, called the hard X-ray nanoprobe, at the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Photon Source (APS) X-ray facility and the Center for Nanoscale Materials, both housed at Argonne. The nanoprobe is designed to advance the development of high-performance materials and sustainable energies by giving scientists a close up view of the type and arraignment of chemical elements in material.

At that submicroscopic level is where science and art crossed paths.

Volker Rose, a physicist at Argonne, uses the nanoprobe at the APS/CNM to study zinc oxide, a key chemical used in wide-band-gap semiconductors. White paint contains the same chemical in varying amounts depending on the type and brand of paint, which makes it a valuable clue for learning about Picasso's art work. By comparing decades-old paint samples collected through e-Bay purchases with samples from Picasso paintings, scientists were able to learn that the chemical make up of paint used by Picasso matched the chemical makeup of
'/>"/>

Contact: Tona Kunz
tkunz@anl.gov
630-252-5560
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology technology :

1. Plasma startup creates high-energy light to make smaller microchips
2. All the colors of a high-energy rainbow, in a tightly focused beam
3. Advance in X-ray imaging shines light on nanomaterials
4. Proteins shine a brighter light on cellular processes
5. Metal nanoparticles shine with customizable color
6. Perfect nanotubes shine brightest
7. Nanocrystals make dentures shine
8. Sheffield scientists shine a light on the detection of bacterial infection
9. Transcreener Assays Highlighted for Challenging Microbial, Cancer and Epigenetic Drug Targets at SLAS 2013
10. Light-emitting triangles may have applications in optical technology
11. New CfPIE Website Highlights Life Science Training Options for the Latest FDA Guidances and Standards
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/18/2014)... everything we touch in the course of a ... even medicines, rely on the chemical industry to ... and farm products into valuable chemicals that are ... scientist Dr Sarina Sarina, who achieved outstanding progress ... at ambient temperature using light instead of fossil ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... September 18, 2014 September 24 marks ... MX. ASEA is the manufacturer of the world's first ... care product, RENU28. , The Mexico City event ... Duvan Botero, and ASEA Field Leader Shawn Catmull from ... PhD in Atomic/Medical Physics from the University of Utah ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... Sept. 17, 2014 The global consumption of squalene ... Squalene is a natural skin-identical chemical that finds applications in ... food supplements, pharmaceuticals, and in other applications like high grade ... has a few major players and is regionally segregated. Sophim ... Liver Oil Co. Ltd. ( Japan ), SeaDragon ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... 2014 Shimadzu Scientific Instruments ... (2D-LC), which offers a powerful separation method ... system provides a new level of knowledge ... beneficial to scientists analyzing pharmaceutical impurities, proteins, ... , Comprehensive 2D-LC combines two independent separation ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Using solar energy to turn raw materials into ingredients for every day life 2Announcing the ASEA Mexico Grand Opening Tour Beginning September 18th 2Squalene Market by Source (Animal & Vegetable) & by End-user Industry (Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals & Food Industry) - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019 2Squalene Market by Source (Animal & Vegetable) & by End-user Industry (Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals & Food Industry) - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019 3Shimadzu’s New Nexera-e Two Dimensional Comprehensive Liquid Chromatograph Empowers Laboratories to Separate Even the Most Complex Mixtures 2
... Inc. , a biotechnology company focused on the development ... diseases, has entered into an in-vitro diagnostics patent license ... firm. , ,Under the agreement, which will be effective ... enzymes in its products. Prodesse also receives the authority ...
... Allis, Wis. - After conducting a lengthy financial ... Healthcare has announced the resignations of three executives, ... errors in its financial statements. , ,The stock market ... as the value of Merge shares declined by 41 ...
... - The relocation of one area biotech has resulted in ... take it even higher. , ,And while GWC Technologies ... interactions on bioarrays, is not yet in the penthouse, the ... high-tech product development, according to president and CEO Tim Burland. ...
Cached Biology Technology:Merge execs step down following investigation 2Merge execs step down following investigation 3Madison biotech continues its climb 2Madison biotech continues its climb 3Madison biotech continues its climb 4
(Date:9/18/2014)... The ability to acquire and creatively manipulate spoken language ... over the past 6 million years of human evolution ... is the best candidate gene we now have," says ... LMU. In his efforts to understand the molecular biological ... step forward. The results of his latest study, undertaken ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... stored in DNA, tiny strands of nucleic acid that ... express this genetic data, our DNA is copied into ... that perform tasks in our cells. , Several ... molecule. Unlike all other known RNAs, this molecule is ... are abundant, little has been known about how they ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... colleagues have built the first smartphone app that ... behavioral trends. In other words, your smartphone knows ... don,t -- and how that affects you. , ... depression and loneliness to their academic performance, also ... for example, to monitor mental health, trigger intervention ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Language evolution: Quicker on the uptake 2Language evolution: Quicker on the uptake 3Scientists find how mysterious 'circular RNA' is formed, claim muscular dystrophy link 2New Dartmouth smartphone app reveals users' mental health, performance, behavior 2New Dartmouth smartphone app reveals users' mental health, performance, behavior 3New Dartmouth smartphone app reveals users' mental health, performance, behavior 4
... Forest Service scientists have found that prescribed fires with the ... oak ecosystems. Forest Service researchers are helping land ... oak regeneration from acorns is a concern. "Acorns ... the most part protected from fire," says Cathryn Greenberg, Forest ...
... in JoVE , the Journal of Visualized ... spider silk from bacteria. The procedure presented in the ... standardizing a key step known as "post-spin." In this ... to increase fiber strength. These mechanical improvements produce uniform ...
... Waterlogged protein . . . Proteins, biological ... our bodies, are known to rely heavily on the ... remained unclear. In a paper published in Physical Review ... new evidence that suggests water is even more involved ...
Cached Biology News:Leaf litter and soil protect acorns from prescribed fire 2The future of biomaterial manufacturing: Spider silk production from bacteria 2Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2012 2Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2012 3
Smac/DIABLO (mouse) (CT) rabbit polyclonal antibody...
... to ADAMTS16 ( Abpromise for ... Antigen: Synthetic peptide based on ... Note: the amino acid sequence is ... 170690 SWISS ...
... Immunogen: KLH-conjugated, synthetic ... in which [ Ac K] corresponds to ... Accession Number: NM_003493 ... ~17kDa Quality Assurance: ...
synaptotagmin XIV-like [Source:RefSeq_peptide;Acc:NP_114120] Antigen: Recombinant Protein Epitope Signature Tag (PrEST)....
Biology Products: