Van Gogh’s “Flowers in a Blue Vase.”
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Advanced science techniques are helping shed new light on the original beauty that has faded with time on some of the world's greatest masterpieces, experts said Thursday.By scaling down sampling techniques to the most miniature levels, scientists can now figure out how individual molecules in a painting vibrate differently, allowing them to see the true organic colors as they were over a century ago. A digital reconstruction of the Van Gogh painting shows a deeper, brighter clutch of yellow flowers.Many of the scientific techniques aimed at deconstructing paintings are anything but new – having actually begun in the late 1880s – but have been continually refined over time, experts said.Last year, scientists used high energy X-rays to reveal that Picasso was using house paint in some of his art.
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