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    Dr. Clara Granzotto (Art Institute) "Exploring Organic Molecules In Works Of Art"

    February 11, 2021
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    ACS February Meeting 2021

    - Dr. Clara Granzotto -

    Assistant Conservation Scientist,
    The Art Institute of Chicago

    "Exploring Organic Molecules in Works of Art"


    Works of art are complex systems made from diverse materials, from mineral pigments to synthetic polymers to organic substances obtained from plants and animals. Studying the artists’ materials can provide important information on the artifacts’ manufacture, the trade, and sourcing of materials, and it can be helpful in developing effective conservation strategies. Several analytical techniques can be used for this purpose and, among these, mass spectrometry-based techniques have emerged that are capable of providing precise information about the composition and origin of biological materials. In this talk, we will explore the materiality of an ancient Egyptian cartonnage, a group of 20th-century drawings, and a zoomorphic figure from Mali through mass spectrometry.

    Granzotto talk - mummy


    Dr. Clara Granzotto recently joined the Art Institute of Chicago as the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Conservation Scientist. She was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Conservation Fellowship to develop a simple analytical strategy based on MALDI-MS for the identification of protein, lipid, and polysaccharide media from a single art or archaeological sample. Dr Granzotto received her Ph.D. in chemical sciences from the University of Venice, Italy, and the University of Lille, France. She went on to gain postdoctoral experience in several museum scientific research departments, including research at the Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts at Northwestern University, the Department of Scientific Research at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Natural History Museum of Denmark, a part of the University of Copenhagen. Dr Granzotto specializes in the analysis of traditional organic binding media by mass spectrometry, with a focus on polysaccharides and proteins.

    The Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago Cultural Alliance


    • 7:00 - 7:05  Announcements
    • 7:05 - 7:10  Introduction
    • 7:10 - 8:10  Exploring Organic Molecules In Works Of Art 

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