Pratt's Laboratory for Scientific Study of Art

Our Mission

The Mission of Pratt's Laboratory for the Scientific Study of Art is threefold:

  • To increase the ability to preserve art and cultural heritage by advancing the fundamental understanding of art and cultural materials at the molecular level.
  • To learn about past cultures and technologies through in situ, non-invasive analyses at archeological and historical sites.
  • To advance students' knowledge of scientific research as it applies to the study of materials and technology and the central role science plays in the preservation of the cultural heritage.

This laboratory was developed thanks to generous grants by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Special Grant in Chemical Sciences.


  • Profile NMR-MOUSE
  • ATR and External Reflectance FTIR Spectrometer
  • Handheld XRF Spectrometer
  • Handheld Raman Spectrometer
  • Handheld UV/Vis Fiber Optics Spectrometer
  • Infrared Reflectography
  • Digital SLR Camera with IR and VIS filters
  • Polarized Light Microscope


  • B. Blümich, RWTH Aachen University, D
  • Herculaneum Conservation Project, Italy
  • S. Centeno, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • A. Jershow, New York University
  • T. Klokkernes, Culture & Conservation, DK
  • F. Kuvettli, Art Conservation Center, DK
  • K. M. Twitchett, Tate, London, UK
  • N.C. Nielsen, University of Aarhus, DK
  • J. Dittmer, Université du Maine, F
  • T. Owen, The Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • F. Trujillo, Morgan Library, NY
  • M. Ward, New York University, NY