Department Chair

Patrick Ravines

Author

Becca Goodman

Date of Award

5-2017

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Department

Art Conservation Department

Advisor

James Hamm

First Reader

Aaron Shugar

Second Reader

Jiuan Chen

Third Reader

Rebecca Ploeger

Abstract

A painting that was formerly attributed to Édouard Manet, was researched, examined, and technically analyzed. Imaging techniques revealed a hidden inscription in the background that places the painting in Paris in the late 19th century. Scanning Macro-X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (MA-XRF), Optical Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy SEM-EDS), and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) confirmed that no anachronistic pigments, media, or materials were used in the work. The painting was separated from its warped backing board and mounted to a new secondary support. Overpaint was removed to reveal the original inscription.

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