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How to Remaster Mona Lisa Smile in Your Spare Time

A presentation by Evan Quasney

Tuesday, January 11, 2005
12:00-1:00 p.m.
1363 GG Brown [tentative]

During one summer's internship, Evan Quasney may have overturned decades of art-preservation technology. The 19-year-old University of Michigan mechanical engineering student worked at the Smithsonian Institution, tweaking computer models to determine the best method for conserving priceless paintings. Frequently, braces have been fitted onto the backs of paintings to prevent the old canvas from sagging. But Quasney showed how this practice creates stresses that cause cracks. The best anti-cracking technique? Apply a layer of gesso to the backside.

-- [Business Week ( ), Oct. 18, 2004]

Check the main University of Michigan webpage ( ) for a featured story, the ME Dept. 2004 Annual Report p. 34 ( ), and the January 7 edition of Michigan Daily ( ) for an interview with Evan, but don't miss this presentation.

This is a first in a series of occasional seminars on issues of technology and engineering in the field of museum studies.

See also University of Michigan Museum Studies Program

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