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CSI Meets MFA: The Science of Detecting Forged Art

From: Rebecca Sheir
Length: 04:21

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Crime Scene Investigation in the world of fine art.

Art_forgery_small When you stroll through an art museum, have you ever considered whether all those sculptures, paintings and artifacts are, well, real? And if they're not -- if they're forgeries -- how can you tell? Turns out, there's quite a bit of chemistry involved. Rebecca Sheir visited the Museum of Fine Arts Boston's own CSI lab to find out more.

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When you stroll through an art museum, have you ever considered whether all those sculptures, paintings and artifacts are, well, real? And if they're not -- if they're forgeries -- how can you tell? Turns out, there's quite a bit of chemistry involved. Rebecca Sheir visited the Museum of Fine Arts Boston's own CSI lab to find out more.

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More great stuff from Sheir

So far, I haven't come across a piece by Rebecca that isn't fantastic. This story continues that trend. It's told with a brisk pace that really fits the material.

Broadcast History

A version of this story originally aired on Distillations, the weekly science podcast, on 12/12/08.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

When you stroll through an art museum, have you ever considered whether all those sculptures, paintings and artifacts are, well, real? And if they're not -- if they're forgeries -- how can you tell? Turns out, there's quite a bit of chemistry involved - as Rebecca Sheir recently found out.

OUTRO:

Rebecca Sheir is a reporter in Boston.

Related Website

http://distillations.chemheritage.org/?p=313