The process of dating the wood in a Renaissance cabinet is explored to demonstrate the authenticity of an artifact in this exhibition video.

Playing on touch screens installed in an exhibition in close proximity to the cabinet itself, this video reveals the process of dendrochronology—the science dealing with the study of the annual rings of trees in determining the dates and chronological order of past events. Original footage shot on location throughout the research processes, as well as 2-D and 3-D visualizations, examine the process of X-raying the cabinet to reveal hidden end grain that can be compared with tree rings from a region and period that would establish the authenticity of the cabinet.

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J. Paul Getty Museum

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