Worlds Collide: Art history and materials science in the Yucatán

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With Floyd and her technical ability on board, an intensive research trip was scheduled for April 2018. The goal was to visit churches in the villages of Maní, Tabí, Izamal, Temax and Dzidzantún, all located in the northern Yucatán, and to gather digital images, videos and, perhaps most importantly, small fragments of the murals for materials analysis.

Having what Solari calls “the dream team” in place, she, Williams and Floyd flew to the Yucatán, rented a car, filled it with gear, “loaded up on Cheez-its and Coca Cola,” said Solari, and went to work.

As they entered each town, the team would seek out the sacristan to gain access to the church while Floyd prepped her recording gear. One piece of equipment always caught the attention of the local children: the DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone she used to capture aerial images of the church and its surroundings.

“They would all gather around as I explained what it is and what it does,” Floyd remembered.

For one busy week, the team traveled church to church, logging 8- to 10-hour days to gather dozens of hours of footage, hundreds of photos, and fragments of pigment for analysis.

Using a scalpel, García-Solís deliberately excised from nondescript sections of the murals, careful to maintain their integrity. The removal of samples, which are about the size of a pin head, was a tedious process requiring multiple government permits.

Source : https://www.psu.edu/news/research/story/worlds-collide-art-history-and-materials-science-yucatan/

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Date de Publication : 2023-03-23 08:00:00

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