Tate awarded new NHSF Gold Open Access publication grant

Tate is the newest recipient of our Gold Open Access grant for the publication of heritage science research.

The paper, entitled ‘Scientific investigation into the water sensitivity of twentieth century oil paints,’ is now published and freely available in the peer-reviewed Microchemical Journal. It is co-authored by Judith Lee and Bronwyn Ormsby of the Tate Conservation Department, Ilaria Bonaduce, Francesca Modugno, Jacopo La Nasa and Klaas Jan van den Berg.

Water sensitivity affects many unvarnished 20th and 21st century oil paintings, and remains an ongoing issue in conservation. This paper aims to establish a better understanding of materials at the molecular level, by investigating the chemical characteristics of water sensitive paint passages and likely causal factors.

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