Is Your ‘Priceless’ Painting a Fake? Better Ask a Scientist
Art collectors used to rely on the expertise of art historians to decide whether a prized painting was genuine or forged. But in today’s climate of hundred million-dollar art auctions, collectors’ money and museums’ reputations are on the line. Conservation scientist Greg Smith and physics professor Philippe Collon share some of the techniques from chemistry and physics that are helping scientists and art historians sniff out art fraud.
Greg Smith is a senior conservation scientist at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Philippe Collon is an associate professor of experimental nuclear physics at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.