• So, what did this [a2ru] conference really have to do with the arts? Actually, quite a lot. Even though it wasn’t explicitly a traditional conference about the fine arts, I felt like there was an underlying message that artists should always be part of the larger conversation about creativity and innovation. After all, artists have the unique trait of being communicators by training.

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Technical Art History

  • October 28, 2013
  • By a2ru      
Knowledge of the materials and techniques used to create works of art can significantly inform art-historical understanding.


Technical Art History is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of works of art that employs scientific and historical methods to explore the processes used by artists and considers how materials and techniques influenced creative practices through time. Centered around case studies, this is a laboratory-based course that introduces students to a variety of methods and analytic tools.

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