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Web Date: October 24, 2011

How Old Are Your Blues?

At Spain’s only remaining Islamic university, analytical techniques distinguish original pigments from those added in the subsequent six centuries
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: micro-X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, painting, Islamic art

In 1349, during the height of Spain’s last Islamic era, scholars built a university called Madrasah Yusufiyya of Granada, and decorated its stucco-and-wooden interior with an abundance of paintings. The university operated for only about 150 years before Christians conquered the region; its building is the only university from Islamic times left standing in Spain. Now scientists have discovered how Christian artists tried to embellish or restore some of its ornate interior paintings (Anal. . . .

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