Edward Forbes, an art preservationist at Harvard in the 1900s, put together a vast library of colors that has since been used to preserve, restore, and authenticate famous paintings. In 2007, the Forbes Pigment Collection was used to expose three fake Jackson Pollocks. The collection is currently 2,500 colors strong and growing, and is on display at the university’s Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies. For more about the collection, read this story by the Harvard Gazette.
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