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X-rays reveal artistry on an ancient vase

Apr 11 2016

Stanford's Cantor Arts Center worked with SLAC scientists to explore the chemistry hidden under the paintings on this Greek flask. The chemical map image shows calcium (green) matching the white areas in the driver's tunic and dot accents, and iron (red) and potassium (blue) matching the black of the horse and figure silhouettes.

The project, carried out between Cantor Art's Art + Science Learning Lab, art and science faculty, and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at SLAC National Accelerator Labrator, highlights the work of Kevin Chow (BS  '13) who took a deeper look at the techniques of ancient Greek potters with his advisor, Professor Jody Maxmin (Art History, Classics).

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