Do Blondes Have Too Much Fun?

Chemistry is well known as an important science field, however lately it has been used to uncover the true identity of an artist. A chemical X-ray analysis of a painting depicting a somber brunette shows that it had once been of a blonde with purple ribbons in her hair. Pentirsi, meaning to repent, is a common method used by artists to alter the original version of a painting. In this case, the unknown artist had decided that a brunette with tightly pulled back hair was a much more modest approach as opposed to a curly-haired blonde. This finding, presented at a meeting of the American Chemistry Society by Matthias Alfeld, was discovered by a technique known as scanning macro-X-ray fluorescence. The hidden pigments of the artwork were therefore uncovered without damaging the artwork.

The analysis resulted in the discovery of “Pauline in a white dress.” “This suggests that the artists regretted it and made it more modest,” said Alfred of the University of Antwerp in Belgium. The X-ray analysis was requested by the painting’s owner who was curious to confirm the artist responsible for the indecisive work. The artist’s identity is still a mystery, although the painting is attributed to a German painter, Phillip Otto Runge. The painting is presumed to be of his wife Pauline. The results of the X-ray analysis have only created a more dimensional mystery; the only fact confirmed being that the unknown artist struggled with the familiar battle between blondes and brunettes.

To read more about this article please visit the following website: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/72033/title/Hidden_dalliance_revealed_by_X-rays

Written by: Melissa Marques

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One response to “Do Blondes Have Too Much Fun?

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