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Under beams of X-rays, the colours of art become the colours of chemistry. The mysterious blacks, reds and whites of ancient Greek pottery can be read in elements – iron, potassium , calcium and zinc –  and art history may be rewritten.

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Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center worked with SLAC scientists to explore the chemistry hidden under the paintings on this Greek flask.The chemical map image  shows calcium(green) matching the white areas in the driver’s tunic  and dot accents, and iron (red) and potassium (blue) matching the black of the horse and figure silhouettes. (Credit : SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

That’s the power of a growing collaboration between the Cantor Arts Center’s Art and Science Learning Lab, art and science faculty, and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation  Light source  (SSRL) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Having a faculty like SSRL just up…

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