The previous post about the x-raying of furniture at Knole was so enthusiastically received that I thought you might enjoy seeing some more images.
This experiment with x-raying furniture and works of art in situ has been undertaken to help National Trust conservators in assessing the condition the objects are in.
But many of you have responded to the ethereal, uncanny beauty of the images.
Perhaps this proves that good science is always in some way beautiful, and that beauty is somehow always connected to insight.
The images also expose the material complexity of objects that have been around for several hundred years and have been repaired a number of times.
And this is perhaps where the ‘art’ and ‘science’ views will diverge.
Whereas the aesthetes among us will shudder at the crooked nails and massive screws that have been driven into the wooden frames, the conservators will relish the clarity of the images, like doctors examining a particularly interesting patient.