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Painting Authentication Project for Sotheby's London
14 May 2007
As well as 3D laser applications, UCL is developing
technological tools for the art and heritage sector, for use in
authentication, registration, attribution and conservation.
spectroscopy (RS), an analysis of pigment by light rays, is used in the
identification of pigments in paintings and works on paper (drawings,
maps, prints, stamps). Raman Spectroscopy was used by UCL Professor
Robin Clark (UCL Chemistry) and Libby Sheldon (UCL History of Art) to
authenticate the pigments in the painting by Johannes Vermeer (Delft
1632-1675) of a Young Woman Seated at The Virginals, which sold at
Sotheby’s London on 7 July 2004 for £16,245,600.
Illustration 2 –Johannes Vermeer (Delft 1632-1675) of a Young Woman Seated at The Virginals
Courtesy Sotheby’s London