Figure 1
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Figure 1: An unusual juxtaposition: Ogata Korin’s “Irises at Yatsuhashi (Eight Bridges)” (ink and color on gilt paper, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, purchase, Louisa Eldridge McBurney Gift, Accession number: 1953 53.7.1), an early 18th century painting that spans six panels of a folding screen (top) is examined by an x-ray fluorescence spectrometer (bottom) at the Met museum. A comparison of optical, infrared, and x-ray photographs revealed the intricate pigment choices that Korin used to paint the details of the irises.