Stanford University

Mathematicians helping Art Historians and Art Conservators

CEMEX Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford, CA, 94305
Thursday, February 2, 2017 7:30 PM
Open to the public
Ingrid Daubechies (Duke University)

Mathematicians have helped art historians and art conservators reconstruct the famous Mantegna frescos, shattered into thousands of fragments by WWII bombing.  Algorithms have helped to identify “roll mates” — paintings whose canvases were cut from the same bolt — to remove virtual artifacts in preparation for a restoration campaign, and to reveal paintings hidden under visible works of art.  This lecture will describe some of the mathematics that make these procedures possible.

You can learn more about Professor Ingrid Daubechies at

Mathematics Research Center