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Fake Flower
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0847  Sunday, 1 May 2005

From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Apr 2005 21:02:28 +0100
Subject: 16.0827 Fake Flower
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0827 Fake Flower

Kathy Dent writes ...

 >The Culture Show is a magazine programme and
 >the piece about the Flowers portrait was superficial and brief.  After
 >watching it, I couldn't really work out exactly what had been done, how
 >the conclusions were reached and what degree of certainty the experts
 >felt about this.

I saw the programme.  They x-rayed the painting and found an Italian
madonna and child underneath.  This suggested that it could be from the
right period.  They then gave the portrait to an expert on pigments and
she found chrome-yellow in the picture, a pigment that wasn't available
in the 17th century.  I think she concluded it was an early 19th century
forgery.

Peter Bridgman

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