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Science and Conservation of Cultural Heritage: Michelangelo to Bonampak or Lapis Lazuli to Maya Blue
(Conservation Matters lecture)

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Conservation scientists study how objects were made and how and why their condition changes over time. Their work helps historians, archaeologists, museum curators, conservators, and architects better understand the treasures in their care.

Join Getty Conservation Institute Chief Scientist Giacomo Chiari as he discusses the many varied aspects of conservation science, including his own experience with the conservation of Michelangelo's Last Judgment fresco in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the dating of a wall painting at the Moche site of Huaca de la Luna Peru, and what we can learn from the intriguing ancient pigment Maya Blue.

About Giacomo Chiari
Giacomo Chiari joined the staff of the GCI as chief scientist in January 2003. A distinguished mineralologist, he has devoted the last 25 years to research on the conservation of cultural heritage. He has pioneered advances in crystallography, in the chemical and mineralogical characterization of earthen building materials and methods for their treatment, and in methods of dating mural paintings and identifying their pigments.

Dr. Chiari has worked on an extraordinary array of important works of art and architecture, including Michelangelo's Last Judgment, the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, the earthen architecture of the Hadhramaut region of Yemen, the painted reliefs of Huaca de la Luna in Peru, and the World Heritage City of Trinidad in Cuba, to name just a few.

Read an article by Giacomo Chiari on conservation science and a roundtable discussion on the topic.

About Conservation Matters
Conservation Matters is a series of occasional lectures hosted by the Getty Conservation Institute examining conservation issues from around the world.

Cross-section of a paint sample from The Last Judgment

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.