Jan Vermeer

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Forensic Science Could ID Mystery Portraits

California professor aims to unveil 'The Girl With the Pearl Earring'

(Newser) - A California professor is bringing CSI techniques to the art world: Conrad Rudolph of UC Riverside has obtained funding to apply advanced facial recognition technology to famous paintings like Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, the Guardian reports. Such mystery portraits could finally be identified—if, that is, measurements... More »

How a Forger Fooled Vermeer-Lovers

20th-century painter made millions and tricked a powerful Nazi

(Newser) - Johannes Vermeer created only a few dozen paintings in his lifetime, while other major 17th-century artists cranked out 10 times that. That helped a mediocre Dutch painter  create convincing forgeries in the 20th century, NPR reports in a look at a new book on one of art's great hoaxes and... More »

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