In 2002 a large cache of paintings was unearthed. The discoverer claimed they were done by Jackson Pollock. But were they? There ensued a monumental clash between art, science, technology and the art world. It involved the mathematical theory of fractals as well as up-to-date methods of science and technology for validating a work of art. Reputations were at stake and so were huge sums of cash in this intriguing adventure story.
What follows is Chapter 6 from Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary ArtIntermezzo: How Science Helped Resolve the World’s Greatest Art Scandal