"It is due to this rapid change that works from those years can be dated extremely accurately," Mandò added.
Considered one of the finest in the world, the collection of European painting contains more than 3,500 works dating from the 12th through the 20th century.
The Kiss (Lovers) was painted by the Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt between 19, the highpoint of his "Golden Period", when he painted a number of works in a similar gilded style.
A perfect square, the canvas depicts a couple embracing, their bodies entwined in elaborate robes decorated in a style influenced by both linear constructs of the contemporary Art Nouveau style and the organic forms of the earlier Arts and Crafts movement.
(Léger was a contemporary of Pablo Picasso.) In the 1970s, Léger scholar Douglas Cooper voiced serious skepticism about its authenticity. Guggenheim Foundation, the current steward of the painting, has never exhibited nor catalogued the artwork.
[Faux Real: A Gallery of Forgeries] To solve this art historical enigma, scientists from the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) took a tiny piece of the canvas from an unpainted edge of the work.
It is a symbol of Vienna Jugendstil—Viennese Art Nouveau—and is considered Klimt's most popular work.
It was painted soon after his three-part Vienna Ceiling series which created a scandal and were criticized as both 'pornography' and evidence of 'perverted excess'.
With bloodstains on the back, wrists, feet, side and head the image appears to be that of a crucified man.
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Dating is a stage of romantic or sexual relationships in humans whereby two people meet socially, possibly as friends or with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in a more committed intimate relationship or marriage.
" In BAR, we summarized the controversy that has enshrouded this relic, venerated for centuries as the burial cloth of Jesus ("Remains to Be Seen," Strata, Julyl August 1998, p 13).
Following Time's lead, we reported that although radiocarbon tests have dated the shroud to 1260-1390 A.