Saturday, June 13th, 2009 | Author:

Being an amateur, one often wonders or is apprehensive about the genuineness of a painting. Am I buying a genuine painting or is it a copy or a reproduction or a forgery? These are the questions that linger on. Finally it boils down to this: What am I owning- an original or a fake?


Basically, there are two factors that enhance the quality of the painting: the aesthetic quality and the name of the artist. Because there is tremendous amount of money involved in art work, art pieces call for serious authentication. This leaves us with a pertinent question – How do I test the authenticity of a painting? Well, there are three ways with which one can test the authenticity of the painting: the art collector’s evaluation based on his or her knowledge and the information gathered, the historical documentation that is available, and last but not the least: scientific testing.


The knowledge of the art connoisseur should include when and where the painting made, acquired from, bought from, one was should also know how it was acquired, and then who sold it or inherited it or gifted it. The goal here is to ensure that this indeed is the object which has left the artist’s studio. If this data is not available then one can go for scientific testing.


One should always the seals, the stamps, the canvas as well as the frames as a part of the analysis of the painting. Great art collectors who own thousands of art collections usually put a stamp or a seal on every piece of theirs.

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