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Medicine helps conserve Dali paintings

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Scientists have assessed the ‘health’ of 12 paintings by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali to preserve them, through a method similar to the one used to measure blood sugar in humans without a needle. The new method diagnoses painting canvases from the back, without disturbing a single fibre, to see if they can withstand the stress of handling and travel. Conservators assessed the ‘health’ of the canvases which are known to degrade with time due to acidity and environmental conditions. Once a canvas is brittle, expensive conservation is required. While all 12 were shown to be in a good condition and can continue to be enjoyed safely, there was evidence of the early canvases approaching the threshold for safe travel. — PTI


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