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CSI NewYork episode11 Season1 Triborough ...

GroveCanada
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The episode of CSI NY entitled Triborough deals with the all important question " Is this painting real ? " & the lesser question " Is this certification real ? " ...<p>
Here is what the CSI investigators do to tell ...<p>
Is the white paint lead or titanium ? Lead white was common in 1776 to 1814 , Titanium white is used today because it is safer ... lead white sort of glows , which is why it was used ... Lead poisoning leads to ear troubles , tinnitus ringing in the ears , ear infections that can be so serious in can lead to death ...lead is associated with deafness & Down's syndrome ...lead poisoning is probably what Van Gogh suffered from , not craziness , which is why he cut off his ear- because his ear bothered him ... Edith Halpert in 'the girl with the gallery' book , her husband , a famous painter , dies of an ear infection after years of ringing in his ears complants...Edith herself developed a brain tumour , also probably related to lead exposure, since she owned galleries...anyway , lead white is old titanium white is new...<p>Next, is the paint cracking consistently all through the signature ? or has the signature been added later & the cracks stop at the name ? If the painting was signed at the time of painting, the signature should crack consistently with the rest of the paint...<p>
Has the painting been cleaned or re-varnished recently ? Or are you looking at the original varnish coat ? Any signs of change could indicate tampering ...<p> The paper the certification is written on has two clues, the paper's age & the ink materials used...Paper has a ten year chemical leeway , so a forger knows if he rips the blank paper out from the front of a rare book from 1824, the date on the certification can only be 1814 , or the chemical tests will say no...Old inks used significantly different materials than today , but also can be easily made if you know the recipes...In the CSI episode Triborough , the gallery owner tries to forge a certificate saying the original painting was destroyed in a fire in 1814, so that he can give the owner of the original painting the certificate to try to convince the owner of the original to sell the painting for $50,000 ... The owner knows the painting is real though , & the owner also knows the dealer is trying to acquire the original for a mob boss who is putting pressure on the dealer...The painting is of course worth $500,000.00 ...The case concludes with the discovery that the rare book dealer who lent expensive rare books from 1824 to the gallery owner, was furious when the books were found missing the blank pages at the front (so the gallery owner could practice forging the false old fire certification)...The fight between gallery owner & rare book dealer causes a gun to go off accidentally , & the gallery owner dies... enter CSI NY ...fascinating episode, well worth renting if you are an artist...or gallery owner...