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Detecting fake art

Monday, June 15th, 2009 | Author:

With the advancement in technology, detecting fake art has become possible to a large extent. Over the course of time, the pigments of an old painting become very hard and shrink as well due to which some fine cracks are visible in the painting. These are called as craquelcure. A fake art work however may not dry and crack, like a real old work of art. It depends on the thickness and the treatment of the pigment that is applied. Environmental conditions, history of handling the painting, transportation and restoration of the painting are furnished as a record especially in case of old paintings.


Non destructive techniques that use microscope, radiography and chemical analysis and dating techniques are used to detect an artwork. Even a ten thousand year old art work can be detected for fake art using what is known as the radio carbon dating to measure the age of the painting. Infrared and x-ray photography can detect signatures that cannot be seen by the naked eye. X-ray diffraction is also used to analyze components that make up the artist’s paints. X-ray fluorescence can reveal the artist’s finger prints and the metals present in a sculpture or in the composition of the paints that are used in the painting or the sculpture. 


Another technique known as digital authentication: This technique breaks down a picture into collection of more basic images called as sub bands. These are analyzed to determine the texture by assigning a frequency to each sub band. In this way, there are many new techniques that are being used to detect fake artwork.

Genuine art or Fake art

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.