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Van Gogh Painting Discoloration Blamed On Varnish
2012-09-15 07:59:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A reaction between paint and a protective varnish applied following the artist's death is to blame for a color change in the Van Gogh painting "Flowers in a Blue Vase," claims a new study in the journal Analytical Chemistry. In a discovery that the Daily Mail's Mark Prigg says "could have major implications for artistic conservation", researchers used x-ray scanners at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and...

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2012-03-30 13:01:38

For more than a century, Vincent Van Gogh's series of paintings depicting overly-bushy sunflowers were thought to be the result of his alleged mental illness at work, but now could actually be realistic impressions of a genetic mutation seen in some strains of the flowers, according to a new study. Most typical sunflowers have a brown, seed-filled middle and a single ring of yellow petals. But some seem overgrown with double rows of petals -- like the "Teddy Bear" variety -- and others...

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2011-08-19 14:35:34

In both an attempt to raise the spirits of Japanese residents still reeling from the March earthquake and tsunami disaster and to absorb radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was damaged in the event, Buddhist monks have planted hundreds of thousands -- perhaps millions -- of sunflowers and other plants in the surrounding area of their temple and Fukushima prefecture.The Fukushima power plant, some 30 miles away from the Buddhist Joenji temple, suffered a series of...

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2011-02-14 14:45:00

Scientists have identified why the bright yellows in Vincent van Gogh's paintings have turned brown. They say that a complex chemical reaction is behind the deterioration of the works. The new finding is a first step in understanding how to stop some of van Gogh's most famous paintings from fading over time. The results suggest shielding the affected paintings as much as possible from UV and sunlight. Scientists had to use an array of analytical tools in order to uncover the secrets of...

2008-07-30 18:00:06

European scientists reportedly have used new technology to reconstruct a portrait of a peasant woman Vincent Van Gogh painted then covered with another work. The Los Angeles Times said scientists used synchrotron X-rays from a particle accelerator to determine what the original painting looked like before Van Gogh covered it up with his landscape Patch of Grass 2 1/2 years later in 1887. The Times said the image resembles a series of portraits Van Gogh created in Nuenen. The Dutch town is...

2006-07-09 05:07:37

By Ian MacKenzie EDINBURGH (Reuters) - When Scottish art dealer Alexander Reid returned from Paris with two paintings by Vincent van Gogh, his father berated him for bringing such "atrocities" home and sold them to a French dealer for five pounds ($9) each. It did not matter that the paintings, a portrait of Reid and a still life of a basket of apples, were in fact gifts to the young Scot, who had lived for several months in Paris with Vincent and his brother, Theo, in Montmartre in...


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