Chemistry and the Visual Arts

Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Chemistry and the Visual Arts

  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

  • Location

    Florence, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Mandatory Lab Fee Required

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This lecture/lab course provides an introduction to chemistry as it relates to the visual arts with particular emphasis on painting and photography. The course is designed for non-science majors and will begin with an introductory session on the basic principles of chemistry - particularly in relationship to atomic structure, light and color. Topics include: chemicals used in photography; paint pigments, dyes and the manufacture of paints; the physics and chemistry of color mixing, oil-based paints, varnishes, solvents, fixatives, acrylic emulsion and acrylic solution alkyd resin, and PVA paints; and detection of art forgery. Conservation and restoration topics will be addressed with particular focus on sculpture and paintings in Florence. Field trips to art galleries, museums and restoration laboratories form an important part of this course.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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