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Richard Newman

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Scientific Research Laboratory
Department of Conservation and Records Management
465 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 369-3466
rnewman@mfa.org

Head of Scientific Research

The Scientific Research Laboratory, staffed by two scientists, is responsible for all scientific analysis of the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, working directly with all curatorial departments and the Museum's six conservation laboratories or studios. The Scientific Research Laboratory's main activities are characterizing the materials and manufacturing techniques of works of art in association with preservation questions or curatorial research, including questions of authentication.

Selected Publications

2008 Ferrous and Ferric: A Review of Scientific Research on the Iron in Attic Greek Glazes. In The Colors of Clay: Special Techniques in Athenian Vases, K. Lapatin (Ed.), pp.105-112. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.

L. Soltzberg, A. Hagar, S. Kridaratikorn, A. Mattson, R. Newman 2007 MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometric Identification of Dyes and Pigments. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry 18: 2001-2006.

R. Newman, M. Derrick. 2007 Scientific Examination of the Paint on Nine Matter Paintings. In Pollock Matters, E. Landau and C. Cernuschi (Eds.), pp. 105-130. Boston: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College.

A. Hykin, R. Newman, J. Cummins. 2007 Casting Compassion: The Technical Study of a Large Bronze from Tibet. In Scientific Research on the Sculptural Arts of Asia, J. Douglas, P. Jett and J. Winter (Eds.), pp. 90-102. London: Archetype Publications in association with the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.