Researching into Modern Painting Materials at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The conservation division of the National Gallery of Art is offering a new fellowship in its scientific research department. This fellowship, dedicated to the memory of Samuel Golden and supported by Golden Artist Colors, is directed toward research into modern painting materials, specifically the study of the effects that cleaning may have on acrylic emulsion paintings. To this end, components of acrylic emulsion paints that are extractable in various solvents or aqueous cleaning agents will be determined. Changes in the composition and properties of the paints as a result of aging and cleaning will also be investigated.