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Museum Scientist’s Apprentice

Saturday, June 4, 2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Go behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to reveal the science behind art authenticity testing and restoration. Under the guidance of Marco Leona, Scientist in Charge at the Met, future art historians will make dyes from plants and dead bugs (like the Maya and Aztec civilizations), examine historical art to determine its original source of color, and use an electron microscope to view gold in tapestries.

Note: This is a student-only program for kids in the 4th grade and up. Parents/Guardians should drop off their children for this one-hour event.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.


Marco LeonaResearch Scientist

Marco Leona is the David H. Koch Scientist in Charge of the Department of Scientific Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He studied in Italy where he obtained a Laurea in Chimica (M.Sc., Chemistry), and a Ph.D. in Crystallography and Mineralogy from the Universita’ degli Studi di Pavia.

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