Art Forgery Essay

898 Words Apr 1st, 2011 4 Pages
Forgery is a normal aspect of the art world. This topic is about the skill involved in producing 'true' forgeries within the world of art. It is stressed that the forger is to be seen as an artist, in that he or she must sometimes enter the mind of the original artist, master his or her techniques, and otherwise execute works that can withstand the expert eye. There are many ways that people will do in order to make a fast buck without thinking about the techniques that are done to detect forgery.
The imitation of works of art, from paintings to sculpture, has been carried out for hundreds of years. Students and followers have always made copies of the works of master artists as part of their instruction. There are many artists, both
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So, there for the expert forger may try to unnaturally age his or her work to make it looks as if it was created long ago” (Detecting forgery: forensic investigation of document: By Joe Nickell.) If the investigator finds regular saw marks on a painting it is a strong indication of a fake.
The investigator will then focus on the edge of the painting, using a special magnifier or infrared light to detect the nature of the ground layer. This kind of testing is not destructive to the painting. A cross-sectional sample can then by studied by x-radiography or microscopy to reveal all four layers and their composition.
A scientific assessment of the paint layer can help to confirm a work's age and realism. The investigator will look at the materials and how they are handled, which may be attribute of the individual artist. The pigments that give paints their color evolve over time . “Earth colors, derived from minerals such as iron oxide came first, followed by greens, blues, and black .By the nineteenth century the introduction of synthetic dyes such as the anilines were far more chemically and physically stable. And if the pigments prove too modern for its alleged date, then there are various possibilities (The Expert versus the Object: Judging Fakes and False Attributions in the Visual Arts:by Ronald D. Spencer. 241 pgs.)” Then the work may be a forgery, and it shows that the painting has been touched up, or the dating may be false. A re-paint is not

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