Van Gogh Flowers Discolored by Varnish
A supposedly protective varnish applied to Van Gogh's famous painting "Flowers in a Blue Vase" after his death has turned some bright yellow flowers in the painting orange-gray. The degradation was discovered via x-ray analysis by scientists at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF in Grenoble, France, and at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY in Hamburg, Germany.
Vincent Van Gogh (1853--1890) painted "Flowers in a Blue Vase" in 1887 in Paris, and in the early 20th century the painting was acquired by the Kroller-Moller Museum in the Netherlands. The master usually did not varnish his works, but this painting was later covered with a supposedly protective …
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Publication information: Article title: Van Gogh Flowers Discolored by Varnish. Contributors: Not available. Journal title: The Science Teacher. Volume: 79. Issue: 8 Publication date: November 2012. Page number: 18+. © 2009 National Science Teachers Association. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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