Color is a fascinating and sometimes confounding subject. Colors come from many sources. Some are derived from minerals found in the earth, some from chemical reactions, and some are made using the skeletons of insects. Duplicating a color takes understanding and craftsmanship, and a little help from friends.   ENTER THE COLORIMETER   A colorimeter […]

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What determines that a work of art is authentic? Oh, go ahead, take a stab at it. Did you say the paint? Good. How about the brush strokes? Or the style? Well, there is something else and you’d never guess what it is. Regardless of its nature, period of manufacture, or maker, there is only […]

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Sooner or later someone, quite often a child, will ask about the mysterious silver button in the museum case. What is it? What does it do? What would happen if you touched it? I admit to having been one of those kids who spent most of my time in the museum fantasizing about the silver […]

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By PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, Times Staff Writer Ron Stark has a vanity license plate that reads “CEL DR.” The plate doesn’t lie. Stark was a pioneer and remains one of the few conservators to specialize in animation art. Animation cels–individual pieces of art on clear plastic created by the thousands to make animated films–were typically […]

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