Dr. Erich Uffelman will present on historical and scientific methods used to analyze 17th-century Dutch paintings at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 in the Reading Room of Cowles Library at Drake University, 2725 University Ave.
A Professor of Chemistry at Washington and Lee University, Uffelman is a co-organizer and leader for a National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop on the chemistry of art. His research combines expertise on the scientific examination of paintings, as well as art history.
“Great Dutch Cover-Ups: The Intersections of Art and Science” will include material Uffelman uses in his teaching at professional workshops and at the university level. His upcoming book for Oxford University Press examines the chemistry of Old Master paintings– European paintings dating back to the 13th through 17th century.
Maura Lyons, associate professor of art history at Drake, and Mark Vitha, associate professor of chemistry, met Uffelman at Whitman College last summer while attending the National Science Foundation- sponsored workshop where Uffelman was a main presenter.
“Because of his combined areas of expertise in the arts and sciences, he is an ideal person to have on Drake’s campus,” Lyons said. Uffelman will also be bringing a portable x-ray fluorescence analyzer, which can determine the elemental composition of paintings and other objects.
During his visit, Uffelman will attend several classes as well as meet with representatives from the Central Iowa Mineral Society.
This event is sponsored by Drake University’s Center for the Humanities, the Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute, Drake’s Art and Design Department and Friends of Drake Arts.
Attendance of the event is free and open to the public. For more information regarding the event, contact Maura Lyons, 515-271-3858, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Erich Uffelman, Professor of Chemistry at Washington and Lee University
Guest lecture on, “Great Dutch Cover-Ups: The Intersections of Art and Science”
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, March 3, 2725 University Ave.
Where: Cowles Library Reading Room, Drake University
Contact: Maura Lyons, 515-271-3858, email@example.com
Cost: Free and open to the public