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What Famous Paintings Reveal About Pollution

Brooke Feldman

A masterfully painted sunset can be more than just great art. It also holds valuable information about what Earth’s atmosphere was like hundreds of years ago. A group of Greek scientists has determined that studying the colors of sunsets in famous paintings by the likes of Edgar Degas, Caspar David Friedrich and more can help determine the amount of aerosols in the atmosphere at the time the art was created.

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