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Art forgery is an intent to deceive which is usually used for financial gain and is done by proffering an artwork signifying some other object than what it really is.

Using various illumination products can help detect inconsistencies and changes with regards to paintings. One such thing is the use of infrared photography. This was developed in 1880 to monitor the quality of products by revealing pathogenic conditions which are not visible to the eye. Another one is through x-ray radiographs. It inspects objects for structural defects by showing its surface structure.

The time that the pigments introduced into an artist's palette was already known. So if ever a certain century's pigments show in a painting which could be traced back to an earlier date obviously reveals forgery. Unusual extensions of painting over an old pattern serve as evidences of repainting. Forged signatures are frequently revealed by the use of a binocular microscope. Pottery from an archaeological site is often put back from pieces that do not belong together by filing down spaces of similar pieces from another object. These fake artworks show up in x-rays.

The bare human eye could serve as a detector in a false artwork. A person who knows the difference between a printed currency can detect fake money by casual scrutiny.