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Naples Yellow: An Old Pigment Adds A New Shade To Authenticating Art

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July 19, 2001
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Authenticating artwork is a complex task that has historically required experts who have the knowledge of an art connoisseur and the eyes of a detective. In recent decades, however, chemistry and physics have helped transform the previously subjective skill into a more objective pursuit. Analytical techniques for authenticating art are growing ever more critical in light of new European laws which place greater liability for misidentified works on art merchants.

Authenticating artwork is a complex task that has historically required experts who have the knowledge of an art connoisseur and the eyes of a detective. In recent decades, however, chemistry and physics have helped transform the previously subjective skill into a more objective pursuit. Analytical techniques for authenticating art are growing ever more critical in light of new European laws which place greater liability for misidentified works on art merchants.


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American Institute Of Physics. (2001, July 19). Naples Yellow: An Old Pigment Adds A New Shade To Authenticating Art. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/07/010719080238.htm
American Institute Of Physics. "Naples Yellow: An Old Pigment Adds A New Shade To Authenticating Art." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/07/010719080238.htm (accessed April 23, 2014).

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