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Seminar - Prof Tami Lasseter Clare

February 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Pigment of your imagination: tales of artwork from a conservation science perspective


Artwork is a complex material, composed of mixtures, composites, extracts from flora, minerals present in multiple layers. Figuring out from what artwork is made can tell us about which materials were available that time and place and also how to prevent degradation. Using an 18th century painting by Guiseppe Bonito titled, Il femminiello, as a case study, Dr. Clare will show how she and her students used analytical techniques to identify the color palette , which aided in its restoration.


Tami Lasseter Clare is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Portland State University where she teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses and is the Director of the Pacific Northwest Conservation Science Consortium, in partnership with five major museums in the region. With her undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral trainees, her research efforts are centered on developing new materials and diagnostic tools to prevent and understand the degradation of material cultural heritage, such as artwork and ethnographic materials. Her prior work experience includes post-doctoral work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and as an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Historic Preservation program. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005.