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Let us look at an application of differential equations to arts!(This is a classic example which I picked up from available literature on differential equations and their applications and I would like to share with you) It was proved that the beautiful painting “Disciples at Emmaus”‘ which was bought by the Rembrandt Society of Belgium for 0,000 was a modern forgery.Bredius and was bought by the Rembrandt Society for 0,000.The answer of the panel to these skeptics was that because Van Meegeren was keenly disappointed by his lack of status in the art world, he worked on the “Disciples at Emmaus” with the fierce determination of proving that he was better than a third rate painter.Normally, differential equations are associated with Newton’s laws of motion; Maxwell’s equations are PDE’s.Most people are under the impression that differential equations are used in physics/engineering and of course, what salivates many are their applications to finance/econometrics/stock-market algorithms.He, therefore, refused to finish and age the painting so that hopefully investigators would not uncover his secret of aging his forgeries.To settle the question an international panel of distinguished chemists, physicists and art historians was appointed to investigate the matter.
The work was completed when Van Meegeren learned that a charge of forgery had been substituted for that of collaboration.
Moreover, he stated that this painting and the very famous and beautiful “Disciples at Emmaus”, as well as four other presumed Vermeers and two de Hooghs (a 17th century Dutch painter) were his own work.
Many people, however, thought that Van Meegeren was only lying to save himself from the charge of treason.
However, Van Meegeren was careless with several of his forgeries, and the panel of experts found traces of the modern pigment cobalt blue.
In addition, they also detected the phenoformaldehyde, which was not discovered until the turn of the 19th century, in several of the paintings.