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Fields & Applications Microscopy, Spectroscopy

Image of the Month: Spot the Fakes

The image above shows a short-wave infrared photo of The Orange Seller by Goncharova, revealing the small pentimenti – or underdrawings – in the face. Natalia Goncharova, The Orange Seller, 1916. © Art Analysis & Research, 2017. Art Analysis & Research Inc. and Museum Ludwig. All rights reserved.
Project members, left to right: Petra Mandt, paintings conservator, Museum Ludwig; Jilleen Nadolny, ArtDiscovery; Verena Franken, freelance-conservator. © Museum Ludwig, 2017. Art Analysis & Research Inc. and Museum Ludwig. All rights reserved.

Though a taboo topic for a long time, many in the art analysis world are starting to open up about how they deal with inauthentic art. In a recent exhibition, the Museum Ludwig has revealed the results of a systematic investigation of over 100 paintings from the Russian avant-garde – a movement well known to be afflicted by forgeries. Visitors to the museum can gain an understanding of the techniques employed to study these works, including infrared and X-ray imaging, fabric tests, and pigment and binding media analyses.

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Lauren Robertson

By the time I finished my degree in Microbiology I had come to one conclusion – I did not want to work in a lab. Instead, I decided to move to the south of Spain to teach English. After two brilliant years, I realized that I missed science, and what I really enjoyed was communicating scientific ideas – whether that be to four-year-olds or mature professionals. On returning to England I landed a role in science writing and found it combined my passions perfectly. Now at Texere, I get to hone these skills every day by writing about the latest research in an exciting, creative way.

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