MA-XRF for art authentication

Colleagues Steven Saverwyns (head of the painting lab), Christina Currie (head of the imagery unit) and Eduardo Lamas (art historian) published an article on the use of macro-X-Ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) for the study of possible forgeries or copies.

With MA-XRF it is possible to identify a large range of pigments and to visualize hidden compositions, leading to more insight into the history of the object under research. In the article two examples are given: the study of a still life attributed to Francisco de Zurbaran, and that of a Portrait of Jan Brant attributed to Peter Paul Rubens or his school. In both cases study with MA-XRF revealed the truth!

Click here to read the article (free until 10 December)