Rathgen-Forschungslabor Supports NDR Investigation: Art Thriller Surrounding Emil Nolde’s Sonnenblumen

Blog entry from 11/28/2018

Source: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Micro-X-ray fluorescence analysis (µ-RFA) of Emil Nolde’s painting Sonnenblumen (1926) showing the mapping of measurement points (left). µ-RFA spectrum of measurement point X01 with measurement photograph (right).
Micro-X-ray fluorescence analysis (µ-RFA) of Emil Nolde’s painting Sonnenblumen (1926) showing the mapping of measurement points (left). µ-RFA spectrum of measurement point X01 with measurement photograph (right).
Copyright: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Rathgen-Forschungslabor

The Rathgen-Forschungslabor (Rathgen Research Laboratory) of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is providing chemical analyses to help solve the art mystery surrounding Emil Nolde’s first Sonnenblumen painting (1926), in the collection of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR, North German Broadcasting).

The Sonnenblumen painting, possibly the first version in a series by Nolde with a similar motif, was scientifically examined on the behalf of the NDR to ascertain if it was indeed the missing painting or...

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