This is a discussion of black pigments and coatings that summarizes recent history of "blacker blacks" made using carbon nanotube technology. Corresponding public art issues include Anish Kapoor's exclusive rights deal for the use of Vantablack.
Paintings conservators consider paintings as layered structures. Identification and characterization of all the component layers of a painting is the essence of the examination process. This analysis informs treatment possibilities and is critical to the work’s long-term preservation.
Fascinating details of a painting's history and provenance may be found on the reverse side. Examples include incised marks on wood panels, labels, and inscriptions that may include signatures, dates and artwork titles. These details must be protected as they contribute context and value. I record all the text from [...]
This post describes some common issues that may arise in paintings and treatment approaches that may be used to correct them.