We've Conquered Raphael, and now onto Constable - says the University of Bradford

April 26 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Researchers at The University of Bradford have been hard at work trying to use technology to crack the code of various artists throughout history. Last year, the university's Centre for Visual Computing and Intelligent Systems famously came up with the result that a late copy was in fact by Raphael's hand, a system which is said to be 98% accurate but has since been refuted by several art historians in The Art Newspaper.

Today, the BBC have published news that another researcher at the University is now using technology to crack the code of John Constable (pictured). Equipment such as a CT scanner and 3D microscopy equipment will be used to do so, including 'tests include assessing the painter's technique'.

According to the BBC article:

Dr Alex Surtees, a lecturer in forensic science at the university, said it would ultimately be down to art experts to give the final say - but science could offer helpful clues.

"It’s certainly very exciting," he said.

"If I can be involved in the actual verification on work being a Constable, then I would be very proud."

He added: "This is me helping the art world make a decision."

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