Artful Dodgers: Virtuosos of Art Forgery Meet the Masters of Scientific Detection

Master microscopist Walter McCrone describes his work in detecting forged paintings and authenticating lost works of master artists. McCrone is a chemist, but the techniques used for the detection of a clever forgery include all the tools of modern science, including microscopy, carbon dating, spectroscopy, measurement of index of refraction, dendrochronology, fluorescence, X-ray absorption, all combined with a thorough understanding of the technologies of art through history. McCrone is also author of "Judgement Day for the Shroud of Turin", published last year by Prometheus Books.

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Walter C. McCrone

Publication Date: 
Friday, April 13, 2012