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"Chemistry and Art" Lecture May 7th at Missouri State Campus

Posted by Matthew R. Siebert on April 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

"Chemistry and Art"

Our first speaker of 2014 is our own Dr. Eric Bosch.  His talk is entitled "Chemistry and Art.” We warmly invite you to a preliminary social gathering with light refreshments at 6:00 p.m. on May 7th, 2014 at Missouri State University in Temple Hall, Room 003.  Dr. Eric Bosch will speak at 6:30.


The talk is intended for a general audience and will highlight a few selected aspects of the interplay between chemistry and art. Topics will range from the chemistry of 30,000 year-old cave paintings in Europe to relatively modern forgeries of classic paintings.  Along the way we will discuss a wide variety of different subjects.  At the end of thetalk you will know the answers to some of these questions. 

  •  Where did caveman get his pigment and how can cave paintings be dated? 
  • Can you really get red pigments from bugs and snails?
  • Why don’t frescoes fade? 
  • Is manure used to make pigment?
  • How did the discovery of new metals affect the impressionist artists?
  • How do you make a painting look like it is 300 years old? 
  • How can a chemical reaction that didn’t work start a new chemical industry and make someone a millionaire?
  • Which pigments made by the ancient Egyptians are now used in nanomaterials?
  • Was Napoleon poisoned by a pigment?
  • How does chemistry help catch forgers?

 So please join us in our first event of 2014! For more information including a parking pass, don't hesitate to contact us.

Categories: Event, Lecture, Missouri State

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