New Australian science enlivens Old Master paintings

A new pairing of Australian innovation and museum sector know-how is set to have a global impact.

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have joined forces in the creation of a new varnish resin that is clearer, more consistent and allows greater control over its application.

The synthetic resin, called MS3, is the latest generation of a synthetic varnish that was designed specifically for conservation and cultural heritage applications, most commonly ‘Old Master’ paintings.

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