Friday, August 26, 2005

Image provided by the National Gallery of Art of Venetian artist Jacopo Tintoretto's work, Christ at the Sea of Galilee. By turning an electron microscope on bits of paint from some of the works by Tintoretto and other Venetian artists, Barbara Berrie, senior conservation scientist at the National Gallery of Art, discovered the artists had mixed tiny bits of glass with their pigments, which enhanced the glint of the colors. This painting showed the use of glass in a yellow pigment that was among several used in representing the water by Jacopo Robusti _ better known from his father's calling as Tintoretto, 'the little dyer.' (AP Photo/National Gallery of Art)
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