Well, I have always told people that we need more mixing of art and science. In recent years we have seen lots of attempts to do some sort of art inspired by – or even incorporating – microbes. But this is perhaps the other side of the coin. Art is significantly influenced by microbes in various ways and this paper is trying to get at whether the microbial community on art plays a role in its deterioration. Worth a look. PLOS ONE: Contribution of the Microbial Communities Detected on an Oil Painting on Canvas to Its Biodeterioration.