The scientist and the forger : probing a turbulent art world
Foreword; Acknowledgements; Preface; Acronyms; Introduction; Scientific tools of the art detective; What motivates fraud? Why do we care so much about authenticity?; References; Chapter One Establishing the First Link in the Art Chain: Attribution; The curator and gallery dealer; The connoisseur and...
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|Author Notes:||Jehane Ragai (The American University in Cairo, Egypt)|
|Summary:||Foreword; Acknowledgements; Preface; Acronyms; Introduction; Scientific tools of the art detective; What motivates fraud? Why do we care so much about authenticity?; References; Chapter One Establishing the First Link in the Art Chain: Attribution; The curator and gallery dealer; The connoisseur and the art historian; The Ely Zakhai case -- connoisseurship's role in unraveling a Gauguin forgery; Stylistic and Morellian analysis; The Rembrandt Research Project; Rembrandt's Old Man With a Beard authenticated; References; Chapter Two Microscopy-Related Techniques; Optical microscopy.|
Stereomicroscope and raking lightObservation by optical microscopy of the craquelure at the surface of a painting; Craquelure and the Han van Meegeren forgery; Craquelure and The Virgin and Child with an Angel; More on craquelure; Cross section analysis; The case of the authenticated Rembrandt; Polarised light microscopy; Polarised light microscopy plays a crucial initial role in the authentication of a Manet painting; Scanning electron microscopy (SEM); Portrait Group depicting Frederico da Montefletro (Forgery confirmed by SEM/EDX); Raman spectroscopy and microscopy; Introduction.
Principle of the methodRaman microscopy; Russian avant-garde forgeries; The Kandinsky and Popova cases (Analysis by micro-Raman spectroscopy); The unexpectedly dramatic case of a Chagall painting (More tricks from the Russian market, Raman microscopy unravels a mystery); Infrared spectroscopy (IR) and Fourier transform infrared micro-spectroscopy (micro-FTIR); Principle of the method; Instruments; Fourier transform infrared microscopy; The Jackson Pollock case (revisited); References; Chapter Three Scientific Techniques Reliant on Mass Spectrometry; Introduction.
Principle of mass spectrometryPyrolysis gas chromatography mass spectrometry (Py-GC-MS); High-performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS); Study by HPLC-MS of The Virgin and Child with an Angel; Laser desorption ionisation time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LD-TOF-MS); The Trotter affair; The Jackson Pollock affair; Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS); Determination of the radioactive isotopes137Cs and 90Sr by LA-ICP-MS and the Elena Basner affair; Study of the provenance of pigments; Mahmoud Said's Girl with Green Eyes.
Multiple collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS)Authentication of paintings by lead isotopic ratio determination using MC-ICP-MS; Authentication of Vermeer's Saint Praxedis; Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS); Radiocarbon dating; Advantages of AMS36; The bomb peak effect; The Fernand Léger forgery; References; Chapter Four Some X-ray-based Techniques; Introduction; X-ray fluorescence (XRF); Vincent van Gogh's Sunset at Montmajour; Proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE); Electron probe microanalyser; X-ray radiography (XRR); Portrait of a Woman.
"Over the last few decades there has been a disconcerting increase in the number of forged paintings. In retaliation, there has been a rise in the use, efficiency and ability of scientific techniques to detect these forgeries. The scientist has waged war on the forger. The Scientist and the Forger describes the cutting-edge and traditional weapons in this battle, showing how they have been applied to the most notorious cases. The book also provides fresh insights into the psychology of both the viewer and the forger, shedding light on why the discovery that a work of art is a forgery makes us view it so differently and providing a gripping analysis of the myriad motivations behind the most egregious incursions into deception. The book concludes by discussing the pressing problems faced by the art world today, stressing the importance of using appropriate tools for a valid verdict on authenticity. Written in an approachable and amenable style, the book will make fascinating reading for non-specialists, art historians, curators and scientists alike."--
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