"Mathematicians Helping Art Historians and Art Conservators”


May 5, 2016

8:00 PM, A10 Jadwin Hall

Professor Ingrid Daubechies, James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics, Duke University

Mathematics can help Art Historians and Art Conservators in studying and understanding art works, their manufacture process and their state of conservation. The presentation will review several instances of such collaborations in the last decade or so, and then focus on one particular example: virtual cradle removal. Between the 12th to the 17th century, European artists typically painted on wooden boards. To remediate or prevent structural or insect damage, conservators in the 19th and first half of the 20th century first thinned the panels to a few mm, and ~~The University policy states that there is no category for student “volunteer” work at the university.  The policy was designed to comply with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and applies to both the Academic Year and Summer hiring. study the condition of a painting, as well as the techniques used by the artist and subsequent restorers. The cradling artifacts obstruct a clear ``reading of the X-rays by these experts. These artifacts can be removed, using a variety of mathematical tools, including Bayesian algorithms.

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