School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Ei-7 Artwork Fraud and Physics

Published: Tuesday 05 June 2007 - Updated: Tuesday 29 March 2011


To demonstrate different spectral reflectance and transmittance properties and how they may be used to investigate art fraud.



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Art Fraud pic 1

Art Fraud Pic 2

Art Forge Pic 3


A canvas has been prepared with hidden underlying artwork. In ordinary visible light the canvas displays no detail apart from a continuous orange background. When illuminated from behind with an infrared source The hidden writing beneath is clearly visible when viewed with the camera on night vision mode.

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