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Nanomaterials were used in Art from the early stages of human history. Northwestern University in Chicago published a comprehensive History of Nano Timeline on their site.
January 12th, 2009
Art and Nanotechnology - Part 1
Art - Nanotechnology interaction is over 2000 years old and possibly even older than that. During my research for a NanoArt History I came across a very interesting site and a History of Nano Timeline published by Northwestern University ( http://www.discovernano.northwestern.edu/whatis/History/# ).
Nanomaterials have been used since that time to create art objects like the famous Lycurgus cup that resides in the British Museum in London. The cup's glass contains Gold and Silver nanoparticles which make the cup to change colors from green to red when light is shone through it.
|Lycurgus Cup, Roman artifact, 4th Century AD|
|Lycurgus Cup illuminated|
|Canterbury Cathedral window, c. 1400|
|Bowl with a putto holding a pinwheel, ca. 1530|