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Nuclear Physicists Turned Art Heroes

VENICE - Italian nuclear physicists turned art detectives have discovered that a painting in the prestigious Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is a fake.

The art world's top experts and researchers have been trying to establish since the 1970s whether a painting believed to be part of the "Contraste de Formes" series produced by French artist Fernand Leger between 1913 and 1914 was genuine.

The Guggenheim Collection kept the painting in storage while experts tried to certify its origin, without much success.

Scientists at the Florence-based Institute for Nuclear Physicists triumphed with a brand new carbon 14 dating method, the so-called "bomb peak" curve, a breakthrough method never before used in the art world.



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