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Sunday, February 27, 2022 2:00PM


Humber Lecture—Art + Technology: Curators, Conservators, and Coders on Medieval Bolognese Panels


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Among the highlights of the NCMA’s European collection are five panels representing two important altarpiece commissions in medieval Bologna, one of the most dynamic artistic centers on the Italian peninsula in the fourteenth century. Lyle Humphrey, associate curator of European art and collection history, is joined by pioneering mathematician Ingrid Daubechies and former NCMA conservator William P. Brown to discuss a multiyear, multidisciplinary collaboration that led to new insights on the paintings and their place in Bolognese art.

The work of Ingrid Daubechies, PhD, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, has ranged from wavelets and the compression of images to applied mathematical algorithms for recognizing art forgeries. She is regarded as the godmother of digital images for her groundbreaking work in signal processing. Daubechies has worked to build global mathematics networks, provide better training for scientists and engineers in developing countries, and encourage greater interest in mathematics among women.

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Support provided by the Robert Lee Humber Lectures Endowment.

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