A technology developed by CERN to create detectors capable of counting and tracking particles also used by ESA in space missions found a very different application in the art field. InsightART, a company opened in Prague, in the Czech Republic, in ESA’s Business Incubation Center (BIC), adapted a chip based on that technology called Timepix to a device to find fake artworks and incorrectly attributed.
Yesterday in Paris a book containing 65 sketches attributed to Vincent Van Gogh titled “Vincent Van Gogh, the brouillard d’Arles, retrouvé carnet” (Vincent Van Gogh, the fog of Arlet, sketchbook found) was presented. It would be a sensational discovery and as such was promoted except that the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam responded to the presentation by stating that the sketches are fakes.
At the beginning of this week a surprising news arrived about the attribution of the painting “Sunset at Montmajour” to the great painter Vincent Van Gogh. This painting was well known but but for a long time it was considered a fake. In 2011, however, the Van Gogh Museum started an investigation that after two years has led to the announcement of its authenticity.
In 2009, it was found that a part of the “Flowers in a Blue Vase” by Vincent Van Gogh had formed an orange-gray crust on parts of the painting in which cadmium yellow was used. The Kröller-Müller Museum had two samples of the painting a fraction of a millimeter in size analyzed to understand what happened.
The origin of the mutation of the special sunflowers painted by Vincent van Gogh was mysterious but a recent study by a team of scientists at the University of Georgia has identified the gene responsible.