Detecting True Art
Mathematics can help decide whether a painting is a forgery or a group effort.
By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM December 1, 2004
Real or fake? In the world of art, that can be an expensive question. Famous paintings by classic artists can sell for millions of dollars. To make a quick buck, people sometimes try to sell paintings that are imitations of the real thing. When the forgeries are done well, spotting them can be a major challenge, even for experts.
Now, researchers say they have found a new way to tell the real from the fake—using mathematics.
When researchers used math to analyze an old painting called "Virgin ...
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