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Physics Professors Publish Paper on Students’ Analysis of Painting at WAM

Sudha Swaminathan and Frank Lamelas (Earth, Environment, and Physics) published the paper “Analysis of an Unusual Mirror in a Sixteenth-Century Painting: A Museum Exercise for Physics Students” in The Physics Teacher, vol. 55, p. 214 (2017).

The paper presents an optical analysis of a painting at the Worcester Art Museum. The painting is part of a museum tour for physics students at Worcester State.

At the end of Swaminathan and Lamelas’ Physics in Art course, students take a special tour of WAM, during which eight paintings and one mosaic “are discussed as objects that can be interpreted using analytical methods like those used in medicine or materials science.”