Medical technology provides help to protect priceless art

  • by: Lizzie Wade , Science/AAAS
  • Updated: February 15, 2014 - 5:14 PM

There’s more to a painting than meets the eye. Under the surface of a landscape or a still life lie dozens of meticulously applied layers of paint, forming a complex 3-D structure that is all but invisible to viewers. Now, an imaging technique borrowed from biomedical research promises to let art historians and conservators peer into the depths of paintings without damaging them.