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Mark Hardesty
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 07:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dear Naresh,
In a word, yes. The use of applied forensic sciences, especially fingerprints and tool marks can confirm that a specific person had intimate contact with a certain painting, other art object or antique. The variety and types of contact will lead to the artist. As in all scientific examinations, the quality of the evidence is the key, and the more of it there is, the better. Secondary marks also help, such as distinctive clip marks on antique photo negatives. These combine with latent fingerprints, and anything which can disclose DNA among the provenance documents.
Handwriting examinations, especially of signatures, cannot be as definite as fingerprints and toolmarks, because the artistís handwriting can change for a variety of reasons, unlike
fingerprints.
The conclusive study comes from the pattern of all the pieces/documents associated with an
artwork. The more the better. Check ART, Ltd, which is devoted to just such art identification and registration, at www.ArtIDentification.com.
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Naresh Khurana
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 01:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would like to know whether the genuineness or authenticity of a painting or a work of art can be examined and established on the basis of finger prints marks left by the artists while painting/creating the work of art. Or are there any other ways besides the signature verification by an handwriting expert, such as DNA investigation etc. to find out the authenticity of a painting. If yes, then which institutions and organisations can be contacted for that.

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