Friends Focus: Dr Jeremy Woodward on art & science


Dr Jeremy Woodward on art & scienceEvent Details
Date: Wednesday 20th November
Time: 6pm to 7pm (join us for a glass of sherry from 530 pm, compliments of the Friends of SA Museum)
Venue: TH Barry Theatre, Iziko SA Museum, Company’s Gardens, Cape Town find on googlemaps
Tickets: Members (Friends) of either the SA National Gallery or SA Museum R100; Non-Members: R150; R25 for those 25 and under; regret tickets are non-refundable

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Science may not be considered a natural pairing with art, but scientific analysis can offer insights into artworks.   Some may already know that it’s already being used to test claims of provenance, guide conservation efforts and inform display conditions.   In addition, it enriches our understanding of the history of art through the identification of materials, techniques and the changes that have been brought about through age, physical damage and environmental factors.   For instance, consider how science can help us understand Yves Klein’s International Klein Blue or Anish Kapoor’s “blackest black” ever made.  Can science help us assess whether “Salvator Mundi” is indeed a long-lost work by Leonardo da Vinci?

Dr Jeremy Woodward is the Chief Scientific Officer in the Electron Microscope Unit at the University of Cape Town and Principle Investigator of the Structural Biology Research Unit.  He also attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg where he specialised in painting and ceramics, and he designed and built the large steel and polymer sculpture at the entrance to John Ruskin’s historic home at Brantwood in the English Lake District.

Dr Woodward will give a talk discussing the insights that can be gained in art from scientific experiments using the instruments available in the University of Cape Town’s Electron Microscope Unit.  He will share what instruments and expertise are available at the UCT facility and what reliable, peer-reviewed methods and databases are available which offer an alternative to the proprietary databases and trade secrets advertised by commercial companies online.  His aim is to explain the value of complementing art connoisseurship and stylistic knowledge with scientific measurements, and his talk should be of great interest not only to the art specialists but also anyone who just loves art.

The Friends of Iziko SANG warmly welcome the Friends of SAM to this event.




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Lecture by Dr Jeremy Woodward on complementing art connoisseurship and stylistic knowledge with scientific measurements

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