Scientific analyses have yielded some startling insights into historic works of art, bringing new interpretations and sometimes entirely different viewpoints. See what scientists have uncovered about these different pieces of art for yourself.
In this practical, student gain an understanding of how cave painters may have used the natural rock formation to paint the animals and scenes onto them and how later painters have continued with this tradition.
In this experiment, students determine how different sized materials with binder increase the stability and strength of mortar and concrete. Also, students can test how altering the proportions of cement, water and different aggregates affects concrete’s properties.
In this experiment, students determine what is meant by an alloy, produce their own (solder) and identify ow the alloy’s properties differ from those of its constituent elements.
In this experiment, students measure the temperature thermometers reach as they are placed throughout (and beyond) the spectrum of visible light.
In this experiment, students report their findings when bread, covered in butter, is placed in a microwave without the turning plate. They also use their data to calculate the speed of light.
Herculeaum is a special case of art in an archaeological setting. So how is it conserved?
What pigments were used for cave painting and where did they come from?
Did the Romans use the same materials as the Greeks in their painting? And where did the pigments come from?
A traditionally accepted view of ancient Roman art is they borrowed from, and copied, Greek precedents. The picture, however, is more complex and recent archaeological research indicates Roman art is highly creative.
Renaissance artists studied the sculptures and monuments of Greece and Rome and emulated them in their own work, ie they imitated the art. This perspective of art has echoed down the centuries to influence the appearance of Western art and architecture today.
Part of the art conservation process is the examination and investigation of the artefact to determine its structure, make-up or stability. This resource investigates the two main types of radiography used: x-ray and gamma.
Minoan art tells of a people who were keen observers of their world, in touch with the environment and enjoying the world they lived in.
Here we look at how the influences on Ancient Greek art, including the importance, and what is meant by, the Goldern Ratio.
The ethical questions of whether ancient works of art should be be conservered or restored are investigated with this resource.
The Egyptians developed a world view in which events and conditions were attributed to the actions of multiple, related gods and goddesses. Here are some of those stories.
Understanding Egyptian art lies in appreciating what it was created for. Ancient Egyptian art must be viewed from the standpoint of the ancient Egyptians not from our viewpoint. Here we explore the basis of Egyptian art.
To understand and appreciate Egyptian art one must look at the beginnings of art in Egypt and how it developed, for in that development lay the roots of many ideas and techniques. This resources explores this development.
Discover how it is possible to date rock and cave paintings, using science.
How does the style of cave art change around the world?