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Art Under the Microscope: Poplar

This is poplar wood, more specifically the inter-vessel pits of poplar in a polarized light micrograph

This is a 17th century side table, one of the most fanciful and wildly creative pieces of decorative arts in the Getty’s collections.

Knowing now that this wood is poplar helps art historians support the attribution to Italy, as poplar was a common carving wood for Italian artists in the 17th century.


Art Under the Microscope is a series that features, well, art under the microscope, as photographed by our conservators to better study and preserve our collections.