Welcome to CAMA

Effective December 31, 2017

The Center for Art Materials Analysis, Inc. will stop offering art analysis services at the end of December.  We wish to thank the customers we have worked with over the last 11 years.














Some Fun Facts

Number of Art Galleries in NYC
Year 1st Synthetic Pigment Discovered
Average Size in Inches of a Modern Pigment Particle

"There are two kinds of truth; The truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science and the second is art."

Raymond Chandler


Artist Material – Prussian Blue Pigment

In the scientific analysis of art materials is important to understand as much as possible about potential materials used by an artist. For centuries artist used natural materials such as minerals, clays, resins, and plant extracts to give them the colors necessary for painting.  However, many natural materials do not withstand the test of time and fade on exposure to light and heat. The search for improved materials for paintings and coatings continues to this day, but a discovery made 300 years ago produced a pigment which was widely used in popular well into the 20th century.

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Tools For Art Material Analysis

In order to identify the materials used by an artist on a piece of artwork, a scientist will utilize a variety of techniques to gain a full understanding of the materials that make up the work.  The scientist is interested in knowing the color, shape and composition of pigments, paint media, metals, woods, or minerals used.  This scientific understanding provides an objective means of evaluating a piece of artwork relative to a date of creation, for comparison with known works, and general knowledge for piece of artwork which can aid in conservation efforts.

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Art Authentication and the Role of Science

Art Authentication With Help of Scientific Analysis

Art authentication can be an exhilarating and frustrating process for an art collector.  Varying opinions of experts and clues found in the history of the piece or in searching for similar works can lead to an interesting and sometimes long journey, but science can offer important information which can help make decisions about the value of further research, the history of the piece, and insight into the techniques used to create it.

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