Lead Isotope Ratios of Lead White: From Provenance to Authentication

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The chapter reports the latest developments on the use of lead isotope analysis in the field of painting study, highlighting the contribution that this technique can bring to authentication of paintings and forgery detection. The chapter discusses the state of the art and the novel applications of lead isotope analysis to characterise paintings, using a detailed study of seventeenth century Dutch paintings as an example. Topics covered include: pigment/paintings provenance, regional isotopic variation, time-dependant lead isotope ratio variation and the travel of artists. Determining lead isotope ratio variation contributes to an increased understanding of paint-making, adding new and necessary knowledge useful for painting authentication. The work presented will help the reader understand the great potential contribution of lead isotope analysis to cultural heritage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnalytical Chemistry for the Study of Paintings and the Detection of Forgeries
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Jan 2022


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