Eleanora Del Federico, Associate Professor of Chemistry and instructor for Pratt’s Chemistry of Art Conservation course, is working with the Brooklyn Museum on examining an Ancient Egyptian book of the dead. The scroll, constructed out of papyrus, is being studied through the use of X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF) and Infrared Spectroscopy. This allows the conservators in the museum’s Paper Conservation Lab to see hidden under-layers and obtain detailed information about the elements and materials used in the object. As part of their Chemistry of Art Conservation and Materials and Techniques courses, Pratt History of Art and Design students are able to conduct similar studies both on campus and in the museum.

For a more detailed account of the study, continue reading on the Brooklyn Museum’s website: XRF and Infrared Spectroscopy.