Belarusian student develops method to determine authenticity of art works

Belarusian student develops method to determine authenticity of art works

The postgraduate of the Yanka Kupala University of Grodno, Nikolai Kuryan, devised a method that allows determining the authenticity of a picture as well as the time of its creation with a high accuracy.

The development has already been tested in the museums of Grodno and Gomel. Moreover, Nikolai Kuryan was awarded a presidential scholarship.

Nikolai explains the complicated principle of the analyzer’s operation. The device is manufactured in the Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The postgraduate student developed his unique technique especially for this device.

Nikolai Kuryan, postgraduate student of Grodno State University named after Yanka Kupala:
We commonly use, for example, a painting of an unknown artist as an analyzed object. Critics may suppose that the picture belongs to Malevich or Chagall. Using this device we copy the same colors in the already well-known painting and produce an analysis.

Thus, we can establish authorship for sure. Nikolai Kuryan has been working on the technique together with the senior scientists, colleagues and art critics for two years. Today, the work has been highly appreciated.

Slavomir Anufrik, head of the department of Laser Physics and Spectroscopy of Grodno State University:
Nikolai is my postgraduate student. It is his third year of studies. And I would like to say that he is a very energetic and committed person. He has made a considerable progress. By the way, Nikolai has quite a lot of scientific articles.

The Grodno State Historical and Archaeological Museum is located in the ancient Royal Castle. It houses about seven thousand valuables ​​of different ages. It is the castle where the invention was tested for the first time.

Galina Buro, CTV:
This picture has no indication of the date of its creation. We have already analyzed it and now we will get the results.

Nikolai Kuryan:
The spectral analysis shows that this picture was created in the 19th century.

The processing of the results takes several days. But this development has a broad scope of application. Now Nikolai analyzes the chemical properties of domestic tiles and ponders how to extend its operating life. He also explored the sands of local quarries where building materials are extracted.

Belarusian enterprises are already interested in the methodology of Nikolai Kuryan.