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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Materials Science in Art, Archaeology, and Art Conservation

Faber, Katherine T. and Casadio, Francesca and Masic, Admir and Robbiola, Luc and Walton, Marc (2021) Looking Back, Looking Forward: Materials Science in Art, Archaeology, and Art Conservation. Annual Review of Materials Research, 51 . pp. 435-460. ISSN 1531-7331. doi:10.1146/annurev-matsci-080819-013103.

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Cultural heritage materials, ranging from archaeological objects and sites to fine arts collections, are often characterized through their life cycle. In this review, the fundamentals and tools of materials science are used to explore such life cycles—first, via the origins of the materials and methods used to produce objects of function and artistry, and in some cases, examples of exceptional durability. The findings provide a window on our cultural heritage. Further, they inspire the design of sustainable materials for future generations. Also explored in this review are alteration phenomena over intervals as long as millennia or as brief as decades. Understanding the chemical processes that give rise to corrosion, passivation, or other degradation in chemical and physical properties can provide the foundation for conservation treatments. Finally, examples of characterization techniques that have been invented or enhanced to afford studies of cultural heritage materials, often nondestructively, are highlighted.

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Additional Information:© 2021 by Annual Reviews. Review in Advance first posted online on April 26, 2021. Ken Sutherland (The Art Institute of Chicago) and Sally Malenka (Philadelphia Museum of Art) are gratefully acknowledged for sharing their research and images of the Naum Gabo sculpture. The authors thank Celia Chari, Sara Gorske, and Benjamin Herren, all of Caltech, for their useful suggestions regarding the manuscript. The authors are not aware of any affiliations, memberships, funding, or financial holdings that might be perceived as affecting the objectivity of this review.
Subject Keywords:cultural heritage, imaging, corrosion, nanostructures, paleo-inspired, spectroscopy
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Official Citation:Looking Back, Looking Forward: Materials Science in Art, Archaeology, and Art Conservation Katherine T. Faber, Francesca Casadio, Admir Masic, Luc Robbiola, Marc Walton Annual Review of Materials Research 2021 51:1, 435-460; DOI: 10.1146/annurev-matsci-080819-013103
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:11 May 2021 20:39
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