Laboratory for Scientific Study of Art

Pratt students at work outside the classroom Dr. Eleonora Del Federico studies the chemistry involved in the degradation processes of ancient and traditional painting media. Her research involves the study of interactions between pigments and binders causing color alteration in mural paintings, flaking in medieval illuminated manuscripts and the formation of lead soaps in traditional oil paintings by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.

In April of 2009, Dr. Del Federico and her students hosted a Science and Art Symposium on Science and Artists' Materials, Techniques and Conservation on the Pratt campus.

For more information on the work of Dr. Del Federico and her students, visit Dr. Del Federico's site.