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RO-10517-70

Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC 20560-0001)
Jacqueline S. Olin (Project Director: May 1970 to present)

Analysis of Medieval Stained Glass by Neutron Activation

Analysis of the composition of fragments of medieval stained glass, using nuclear reactor facilities of the National Bureau of Standards. Provides basis for describing the technology of glass-making in the Middle Ages. ABSTRACT: Project begun in 1969 using nuclear reactor facilities of the National Bureau of Standards to analyse composition of fragments of medieval stained glass from collections at Yale and The Cloisters. Project will continue such testing of fragments as well as testing portable x-ray flourescence equipment as means of non-destructive analysis in situ. Information obtained will provide basis for describing the technology of glass-making in the Middle Ages. This general area has not been investigated in comprehensive fashion up to this time. Understanding of relationship of technology of glass-making in the medieval period to the aesthetic excellence of the stained glass of that period is a complicated but necessary first step to understanding the role of master craftsmen. Report of findings to be presented at International Association for the History of Glass in Prague, summer 1970. Important for international cooperation, sharing of source material and findings of other working in the field. Testing of new equipment may result in important new techniques. Funds for PI's salary, travel within US to sources of glass, travel to International Association for History of Glass in Prague, and equipment.

Project fields:
Art History

Program:
Basic Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$10,200 (approved)
$10,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/1970 – 11/30/1970