Beer byproduct used as a binder in paintings during the Danish Golden Age

An old oil painting of large old sailing ship on a windy sea with two other smaller ships

Source: C.W. Eckersberg “Et dansk orlogsskib "Dronning Marie" på 84 kanoner under sejl i Sundet - The 84-Gu

Scientists identify proteins from cereal species using mass spectrometry

Cereal and yeast proteins linked to beer production have been found, for the first time, in canvas paintings from the Danish Golden Age. The authors of the study said the discovery helped to unravel key links between Danish society and art production.

The researchers used protein sequencing by tandem mass spectrometry to characterise the protein residues in the ground layers of 10 paintings from the Danish Golden Age, a belle époque for art in Denmark during the first half of the 19th century.