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Italy physicists unearth art fake using new 'bomb peak' method

Published on Feb 7, 2014 1:40 AM
 

ROME (AFP) - Italian nuclear physicists turned art detectives said Thursday they have discovered that a painting in the prestigious Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is a fake.

The art world's top experts and researchers have been trying to establish since the 1970s whether a painting believed to be part of the "Contraste de Formes" series produced by French artist Fernand Leger between 1913 and 1914 was genuine.

The Guggenheim Collection kept the painting in storage while Leger expert Douglas Cooper - who suspected it may be a fake - tried along with others to certify its origin, without success.

Scientists at the Florence-based Institute for Nuclear Physicists triumphed with a brand new carbon 14 dating method, the so-called "bomb peak" curve, never before used in the art world.

 
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