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Con Artist: Scanning program can discern true art

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10:17am, November 23, 2004

Until now, discerning an artist's style has been in the eye of the beholder. However, a new mathematical tool distills style into an array of statistics as a potential means to spot forgeries. In a recent study, the technique distinguished eight drawings by the 16th-century artist Pieter Brueghel the Elder from five imitations attributed to the master until a decade or so ago.

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