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Symposium on lapis lazuli

From: Aniko Bezur <abezur<-at->
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The 33rd Annual Ruth K. Shartle Symposium: Lapis Lazuli: A Blue More
    Precious than Gold
Caroline Wiess Law Building
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
February 21, 2009
1-6 pm

At the 33rd Annual Ruth K. Shartle Symposium, five distinguished
speakers trace the dissemination of lapis lazuli over several
millennia, discuss recent advances in art conservation-related
scientific research on natural ultramarine, and explore the unique
role of lapis lazuli in the arts of cultures around the world.

Program

    Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Dr. Aniko Bezur
    Andrew W. Mellon Research Scientist, the Museum of Fine Arts,
    Houston, and the Menil Collection, Houston

    Lapis Lazuli and other Silk Road Gems
    Mark Mauthner
    Assistant Curator - Data Management Specialist, Gemological
    Institute of America, Carlsbad, California

    Lapis Lazuli and Ultramarine: From Ancient Near East to Islam
    Dr. Francesca Leoni
    Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Islamic World, the Museum
    of Fine Arts, Houston

    Short Refreshment Break

    Geological Sourcing of Lapis Lazuli from Works of Art
    Dr. Gregory D. Smith
    Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Conservation Science,
    Buffalo State College, Art Conservation Department, Buffalo, New
    York

    "A noble, beautiful, and most perfect color, surpassing all
    colors": Lapis Lazuli and Ultramarine Blue in European Painting
    Dr. James Clifton
    Director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and Curator of
    Renaissance and Baroque Painting, the Museum of Fine Arts,
    Houston

    How Does Ultramarine Blue Fade?
    Dr. Eleonora Del Federico
    Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Mathematics and
    Science, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

    Questions/Discussion

At the conclusion of the symposium you are invited to join the
speakers for a wine reception in the lobby of the museum's Audrey
Jones Beck Building.

This symposium is open to the public and free with general museum
admission. Museum members always receive free admission. No
registration required.

The 33rd Annual Ruth K. Shartle Symposium is made possible by a
generous grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc.

Brown Auditorium Theater
The Caroline Wiess Law Building
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet
713-639-7300
lectures<-at->mfah<.>org
<URL:http://www.mfah.org>

Aniko Bezur, PhD
Andrew W. Mellon Research Scientist for
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Menil Collection
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
PO Box 6826
Houston, TX 77265-6826
713-639-7738
Fax: 713-639-7740
Mobile: 281-900-3133


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