Chemistry of Art

1st Edition

Learning Science through the Fine Arts


  • Christine Jaworek-Lopes
  • Christopher Morse
  • Description

    This is a textbook for teaching key chemistry concepts through art, art history and art preservation, in order to meet the needs of colleges requiring a general education science course for non-science majors. There are wonderful connections between the two fields of chemistry and art and nearly every single aspects of the chemical science can be related directly to real life-art applications. The book avoids mathematical explanations to better suit the non-science major audience, focusing on a conceptual yet practical understanding of chemistry.

    Key Features

    covers every important general chemistry topic without the requirement to know the maths.
    complete coverage of all art media in one source
    includes art examples within the 'hard science' chapters
    online Lab Manual of experiments bridging the art/chemistry gap
    Online Instructor's Resource Manual.


    Non-science major undergraduate students in liberal arts faculties taking a science course to satisfy a general education requirement.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction: The interface of art and chemistry.

    1. The World of Matter.
    2. Metallic Art and Solids.
    3. How atoms combine.
    4. Natural Organic Compounds in Art.
    5. Light and Vision.
    6. A First Look at Chemical Reactions.
    7. Origins of Color.
    8. Classical Paint Pigments.
    9. Modern Paint Pigments.
    10. Binders for Pigments.
    11. Paper.
    12. Photography.
    13. Dyes and Fibers.
    14. Body Art.
    15. Stone, Glass, and Ceramics.
    16. Gemstones.
    17. Metallurgy.
    18. Art Forgery: Two Case Studies.
    19. Art Conservation and Restoration


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    © 2012
    Academic Press
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