Guided tour through the Institute for Natural Sciences and Technology in the Arts
with Manfred Schreiner, head of institute Manfred Schreiner
Institute for Natural Sciences and Technology in the Arts (INTK) at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
In German, English and Italian
“I spy with my little eye …” Looking at artworks through the lens of science: in addition to analyzing artworks from the perspective of aesthetics and art history, scientific methods are also playing an increasingly important role in answering questions about authenticity and describing the condition of the object. Researchers draw on noninvasive techniques from the field of photo documentation that use x-rays and visible, infrared and ultraviolet radiation as well as analytical methods to determine material composition. Characterizing aspects such as underdrawings of paintings or the structure of paint layers provide information that cannot be obtained by visual assessment alone. In many cases, the material used can point to when and where the artwork was created.
The many different possibilities are presented during a tour and discussed with the participants.
Meeting point: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Institute for Natural Sciences and Technology in the Arts, Augasse 1–4/ 2nd floor, 1090 Vienna