Does Technological Analysis Destroy the Romance of Art History?

Art history is an inexact science, with an element of mysticism behind the theories of some its most prominent practitioners. This inexplicability is part of what makes it wonderful. But since the late 1990s, with the ubiquity of inexpensive, high-quality digital photography, and universal access to images via the internet, the most dramatic breakthroughs have come through forensics. Call it ‘CSI: Art History.’

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