Most art is made of stuff, and skillful, inventive manipulation of stuff gives us what we see in the Museum today. Consider the stories of materials in works of art—where they came from, why they were chosen, what they meant, and how they were worked—and how we can decipher them by probing works of art with tools of modern technology.

Richard Newman, head, Scientific Research, Conservation, and Collections
Four Wednesdays, October 5–26, 1:30–3 pm


Above: Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian, Striding lion, 604–561 B.C. 31.898. Glazed bricks. Maria Antoinette Evans Fund.

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