VIDEO: Soap suds are infecting priceless oil paintings

The crux is in the chemistry.

By | Posted July 16, 2018
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On the walls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a bubbling time bomb waits just beneath the surface of the world’s most famous oil paintings. Fatty acids in the paintings react with pigments containing heavy metals, forming soapy bubbles that distort the classic artwork. No one knows how the process starts or why only certain paintings are affected, but researchers like Silvia Centeno are racing to prevent the process from eroding more priceless works of art.

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