This week’s discussion of technology and art opened my mind to the concept that art is a significant contributor to technology used in medicine. I was intrigued to learn how x-rays began. Concerning tools, Professor Vesna explained that at one time if a Doctor used tools or technology, they were not considered a Doctor. That was very odd. Wilhelm Rontgen who was a physicist discovered X-rays. The name x-rays employs the mathematical designation “x” – the symbol for an unknown.
|Wilhelm's wife's hand under x-ray technology||
While researching art and x-rays, I came across an article, which discusses the use of x-ray technology to study artwork. Types of materials used in paintings can be discerned when x-ray technology is applied. We can also discover where and when a painting was created through x-ray technology because of the kinds of minerals found in the materials, the canvass and the paints. An example is Vermeer’s “The Girl with a Pearl Earing”. An x-ray of that painting revealed that lead was used in the piece, which was a primary component in white paint. The discovery gives us clues, based on the details of the lead used in the painting, where and when the piece was created.
|Girl With a Pearl Earing http://www.artexpertswebsite.com/scientific-tests/x-ray-examination.php|
|Girl With a Pearl Earing under x-ray technology http://www.artexpertswebsite.com/scientific-tests/x-ray-examination.php|
Artist Hugh Turvey creates artwork-employing x-rays of different objects. One of his pieces is of his wife’s foot in a stiletto developed with x-ray technology. He notes, “We all understand that your foot is going through quite a lot when it is in a stiletto, but to actually physically see it and to see the angle of the bones…” (Gambino). Turvey has coined a term for his work: “xogram”. It describes his work as a mash-up of an x-ray and a photogram. He creates them by placing an object directly on light sensitive paper and exposing it to x-rays.
|Hugh Turvey's wives foot in a stiletto
|Hugh Turvey's "xogram" artwork
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