Nova: Season 39, Episode 12

Mystery of a Masterpiece (25 Jan. 2012)

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NOVA meets a new breed of experts who are approaching "cold case" art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover "who committed the art," and follows art sleuths as they... See full summary »

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Himself - Narrator (voice)
Peter Silverman ...
Himself - Art Collector
David Ekserdjian ...
Himself - University of Leicester
Martin Kemp ...
Himself - Oxford University
Giammarco Cappuzzo ...
Himself - Art Specialist
Leo Stevenson ...
Himself - Artist & Historian of Forgery
James P. Wynne ...
Himself - Special Agent, FBI
Pascal Cotte ...
Himself - Scientific Director, Lumiere Technology
Cristina Geddo ...
Herself - Art Historian
Christophe Champod ...
Himself - Université de Lausanne
Sarah Simblett ...
Herself - Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University
Elisabetta Gnignera ...
Herself - Costume Historian
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NOVA meets a new breed of experts who are approaching "cold case" art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover "who committed the art," and follows art sleuths as they deploy new techniques to combat the multi-billion dollar criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art. Written by Anonymous

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While the film does NOT solve the mystery, it was really interesting.
24 May 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The description on IMDb isn't exactly right. While the show shows a lot of folks trying to establish the legitimacy of a painting, it is NOT really about finding frauds but about determining if one painting in particular is by Da Vinci or not.

In this case, a man has recently bought a painting for $22,000 at an auction in the hope that it could be proved to be by Da Vinci. The steps they need to do are fascinating--including establishing that the velum is indeed from the Da Vinci time period, that the painting is consistent with other known Da Vinci paintings, the handedness of the painter and possible fingerprints on the painting! It's all very detailed and interesting but I must warn you--the results are NOT yet conclusive. But, it is worth your time. My only reservation is the interview with the guy who copies other people's work--he wasn't very good and think this really wasn't necessary for the television episode.


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