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In a major step to end counterfeit art, Artentika (Pty) Ltd, a South African start-up controlled by Swiss interests, has just filed for patents on two ground-breaking technologies developed to determine whether an objet d’art is authentic.

Fake Art Revealed

Using State-of-the-art Technology

Art forgery is as old as art itself. Fakes already were a lucrative business thousands of years ago. These days, hardly a week goes by without some multi-million-dollar scandal involving counterfeit works of art.

Artentika’s breakthrough technology now makes authenticating works of art a simple, fast and – above all – reliable process. This is crucial for a business which is worth in excess of $60-billion per annum and where counterfeit works represent an enormous risk to buyers and sellers alike.

Beyond human limitations

Human expertise will continue to play a major role in art authentication, for example in researching the provenance of an unsigned work so that it can be linked to a specific artist and a reference database may be established. Henceforth, the art industry can rely on Artentika for technological solutions which remove the physical ambiguities of a work.

Quantum technology & DNA

Artentika uses quantum technology and DNA, together with other techniques, to produce a complex, composite rendering of the work of art. It could be a drawing, painting, photo, or sculpture, or even ceramics, textiles and leather objects.

The Artomatrix™

The artist’s style and materials automatically combine into a distinctive ‘‘fingerprint’’. When the molecular composition of the materials is added, one obtains a multi-factor “ArtomatrixTM’” which is unique and impossible to replicate.

Reference database

Artentika creates a reference database by scanning several works of the artist concerned, and compares the work under investigation to this database.
A report – validated by a recognized art expert – is issued within 24 hours.

The Story Behind this Powerful Technology

Albertus Geldenhuys and his team have decades of experience in integrating fingerprint biometrics into large forensic systems and access control installations, and deploying them both in third-world and high-tech environments. Indeed, it was automated fingerprint identification technology that, four years ago, inspired them to start researching an Automated Art Authentication System™ in an effort to remove the guesswork, uncertainty and deception, from works of art.

Solving Art Mysteries

“Painting is poetry, read with intelligence.”

– Albertus Geldenhuys