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The study of the authenticity of paintings in general has developed over the years, mainly through the evaluations provided by art historians, together with specific analyses based on traditional microchemistry methods. Only in recent years has a better chemical and physical knowledge been applied to analytical measurement techniques, allowing a widening of the study of dating and, more generally, of the authenticity of paintings. The complexity and specific nature of these techniques give this research an interdisciplinary nature. Considering the statistical basis of the results obtained, together with the variety in environment and age of the paintings in which they are distributed, this study makes it obvious that databases should be set up, especially in Italy with its unique wealth of artistic material. A joint action by researchers and Institutions would facilitate the setting up of historically certain data archives, on which comparisons and judgements could be based.

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Authors: TRINCHERINI P R, JRC Ispra Estab., 21020 Ispra (VA) (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Progetto Piero della Francesca, 1989, pp. 292-294
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