Technical Study of Bronze Sculptures (2013-2014)

Dr. Johanna Salvant collected X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectra from Jacques Lipchitz's seated woman in the Smart Museum of Art's storage area.

Partner: Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

In collaboration with the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago, NU-ACCESS will seek to acquire materials-based evidence to correlate with existing information on the casting and history of an important group of twentieth century bronze sculptures in the permanent collection of the Smart Museum. Specifically, the materials of  twenty-three bronzes, including important works by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973), Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Aristide Maillol (1861 –1944) and other noted modern sculptors will be investigated. The project promises not just to advance technical knowledge of this particular group of objects but to allow sharing of comparative data among institutions, leading to a better understanding of sculptural editions and the role of different foundries in artists’ practice. Read more

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