Now, a painting initially attributed as belonging to a series called ‘Contraste de formes’ by French Cubist painter Fernand Léger has definitely been identified as a forgery.
This is the first time it has been possible to identify a fake painting by relying on the anomalous behaviour of the concentration of the radioactive form of carbon (14C) in the atmosphere after 1955 to date the canvas.
For example, a piece of canvas carbon-dated to 1900 would have been produced some time between 18.
Unfortunately, dendrochronology has many practical limitations. The way that the panels have been cut has a large impact on the ability to see and interpret tree rings.If you purchase prints, you will have access to your images for at least 90 days from the date of purchase.New York | Heidelberg, 25 February 2014Choosing the right physical technique to analyse paintings can make all the difference when it comes to ascertaining their authenticity. Further information European Physical Journal Contact Saskia Rohmer, tel.Please see our FAQ's which explains the process in detail.If there is a question of whether a painting is 400 years old or 100 years old, we have reason to perform scientific dating. For paintings and drawings, this means that we can carbon-date canvas, wood and paper.These findings were recently published in EPJ Plus by Mariaelenea Fedi of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Florence, Italy, and colleagues.