Uncovering the Secrets of Ancient and Medieval Artists

Date: Wednesday, Februrary 6, 2019

4:00 PM

California State University San Marcos, University Hall 100
Enter the campus on Craven Drive, follow the signs to Lot F to purchase a parking permit, then walk to University Hall 100

Jackie Trischman at trischma@csusm.edu

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION: Chemical detective work in the form of modern chemical methods can be used to examine both ancient and medieval artifacts. Orna will discuss the ways these probes are used in: clarifying the techniques used in making these objects, determining their content, and dating their origins. The variety of methods used in the examination of such materials as ancient textiles, pigments in medieval manuscripts, medieval stained glass, Middle Eastern obsidian and pottery, and 20th century art forgeries will be discussed. Although those methods give great insight into the objects in question, there are limits to such technology; the limitations of those techniques will be presented.