Researchers Discover Unusual Compound in Famous 17th-Century Painting

It’s always a pleasure to read of those times when science intersects with art. Although this should not be surprising; from the mixing of different chemicals to create different pigments and for preservation, there is clearly some involved in the artistic process.

A team of scientists made a shocking discovery in examining one of Rembrandt’s famous paintings, “The Night Watch,” which is currently at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The presence of a chemical compound – lead formate, in the painting, used as some form of drying agent for the artist’s lead-based oil paintings, gives an insight into the artist’s technique and means for the conservation of historical oil painting. This chemical compound has never been never before detected in historical paintings.

Alberta Attih
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