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'Rembrandt: The Late Works': A Resource for Science Teachers

Explore what science can tell us about Rembrandt’s paintings and discover how the National Gallery has used scientific research to look after the work of Rembrandt for future generations.
  1. Introduction
  2. The analysis of paint materials
  3. What is paint?
  4. The blue pigment: smalt
  5. The cleaning of a painting
  6. Technical imaging techniques

Introduction

From the blue pigment smalt to technical imaging techniques - explore a Rembrandt portrait in the National Gallery collection.

In each section, you will find a range of images and explanations. If you click on the caption below each image, you will be taken to a web page where you can use the zoom function to get closer to the paintings and study details close up.

We have also provided a word bank for you, which includes all glossary terms highlighted in the resource, and a PowerPoint presentation with further information about a selection of the images. You can download both and share with your class, simply click on the links on the right hand side of this page. 

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