Detecting art forgeries radioactive dating
More than one opinion on the results of detection methods also may be needed to confirm that a forgery has definitely occurred.
Detection of forgery through examination, authentication and verification may be used to identify almost any type of forgery, including handwritten forgery, counterfeit forgery, digital forgery and art forgery.
During the classical period art was generally created for historical reference, religious inspiration, or simply aesthetic enjoyment.
The team used a particle accelerator to measure the concentration of carbon 14 (an isotope of carbon that has more neutrons than normal carbon 12) in the fabric, which would in turn allow them to determine when the canvas was produced, or more specifically, when the cotton was cut to make the canvas.
The different methods of forgery detection include examination, authentication and verification.
Multiple methods of detection may be used to correctly identify a single forgery.
Data from this study were able to facilitate comparison of blue paints from two different paintings and confirm their co-provenance consequently determining the relative production date of a separate painting of previously unknown age.
Preliminary trials of a prototype collection device designed to reduce damage and allow for in situ sampling of artworks were also undertaken.