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Genuine van Gogh

I’ve written about the study of art forgery, or “authentication,” before, but I thought this piece of news was fairly interesting: Cornell University professor C. Richard Johnson and his team have been using statistical analysis of brushstrokes, similar to Israeli researcher Daniel Keren’s process, to determine if a painting has done by van Gogh or an impersonator, based on how many brush strokes are used to create a shape or image on the canvas. This is a newer technique compared to the fractal or multifractal analysis used fairly often today in authentication [the link is to an SPIE paper written by Jim Coddington from The Museum of Modern Art in New York who is also quoted in the Cornell article (incorrectly named as Dave Coddington)].

Hopefully van Gogh wasn’t having a hesitant or uncertain day while painting one of the 78 pictures analyzed by Johnson.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.