Engineering Inside:

2012 Issue 1
Crime Scene Investigation

Development of Forensic Software to detect original paintings is not easy!

January 2012
Credit: Ergun Akleman

Credit: Ergun Akleman

The most expensive painting ever created is No.5 by Jackson Pollock, which was sold for $140M.  In his December 2002 scientific American article, Richard Taylor from the University of Oregon shows that fractal analysis can be used to authenticate Pollock Paintings.  Taylor mentions that a Pollock style painting can be created by a bush connected to a tree branch during a storm.  The painting here is, in fact, fake, and was created using a mixture of several Pollock & Rockwell paintings.  For my homage to Norman Rockwell, search for Rockwell’s “Connoisseur” in Google images.

1 Comment

  • Your writing style is unique; it has helped me understand Fast Forword more clearly. Thank you.

Leave a comment


Join Camps and Competitions!

One of the best ways to explore a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics is to get involved!

Read more


IEEE Members Reach Out To Students

Did you know that IEEE members all around the world like to reach out to students to share what it’s like to be an engineer?

Read more

Find a University

Search for accredited engineering degree programs throughout the world. Launch