Signed by Van Gogh (and chemists?)


Researchers in Australia have developed a way to mark artwork with an invisible chemical fingerprint. A forensic chemist named Rachel Green has been developing the technology for the past five years. The process involves determining the trace elements present in a painting and then adjusting the mixture of trace elements to make its own signature. Artwork can be treated with this signature a of couple different ways, by mixing it in with the paint or spraying it on previously completed works. Green claims it does not harm the painting.

The technology could prove valuable in preventing art forgery and Green hopes that it will also help indigenous artists by increasing the value of their art and reducing fraudulent works. Earlier this month, a painting by Freddy Timms of Australia was the first painting to be treated by this process.

'Chemical Fingerprint' to End Art Forgery

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

sandy09's picture
sandy09 says:

I think it's really cool to create an invisible chemical fingerprint!! =)

posted on Thu, 10/23/2008 - 4:40pm
tis-chick-s0-fly's picture
tis-chick-s0-fly says:

I think it will be okay that it would be very creative with the chemical fingerprint. A lot of people should know about chemical fingerprint because then people would like to use it.

posted on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 8:33am
iowaboy's picture
iowaboy says:

now they can do this with paintings, but they've done it for a while with other tihngs, as many were duped into buying counterfeit tickets to popular concerts and sporting events. they used the same idea that's in currency- a watermark that people can easily spot.

posted on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 2:31pm

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