Nobody can guarantee 100 percent authenticity of certain objects of art today.
Auction house Sotheby’s gives a guarantee on the authenticity of a work of art for two years.
Often, the quality of the fakes exceeds the level of expertise.
A joke is popular among art historians: “… Do you guarantee that this picture is genuine? – Of course. The guarantee is two years …”
Sunflowers Vincent Van Gogh.
The picture of the famous Dutchman “Sunflowers”, sold for almost $ 40 million at Christie’s auction, turned out to be a fake according to the results of an examination of Italian art historians. In their conclusions, the experts relied on the correspondence of Van Gogh with Gauguin and other friends. The fact is that in the period from 1888 to Continue reading
From several biographical sources it is known that Michelangelo forged ancient Roman sculptures. He created a new marble sculpture, then smashed it, buried it in the garden and after some time declared that he had found Roman antiques.
A few years later, Cardinal Raffael Riario discovered a forgery and demanded his money back from antique dealer Baldassare del Milanese. He took the Sleeping Cupid back and sold it much more as the original Michelangelo, since by this time Michelangelo had become the most sought-after sculptor.
Biographer Giorgio Vasari wrote: “Michelangelo also reproduced the drawings of various old masters in Continue reading
Fake paintings, as an imitation of the painting style and plot of the work of a famous master for enrichment, has always existed. According to experts, the amount of funds annually obtained from the sale of fakes in Russia is from 8 to 50% of the total volume of transactions with paintings, estimated at $ 200 – 700 million.
Falsification of paintings by masters is a business for many: manufacturers, dealers, buyers, police, insurance agencies.
The problem of fakes, especially their manufacture, really sharply arose in the second half of the 20th century, when new physicochemical methods for determining authenticity appeared. In 1965, it turned out that the portrait of Earl Wellington at the London National Gallery, attributed to Goya, was just a fake. In 1976 – that in the Cornell Museum are stored fakes Koro. Over the course of his career, Corot painted about 600 paintings, but only three thousand walk on the American market. At the Metropolitan Museum of 66 utensils of 8 thousand years ago, brought from excavations in Turkey, only 18 are, indeed, ancient. And this is in the most prestigious museums in the world. What to speak about private collections!
In 1996, the exposed fake manufacturer Eric Hebborn published the book The Art Forgers Handbook, a guide Continue reading
World painting boasts an impressive history of fakes. Such things have happened at all times and in all countries. And one of the funniest hoaxes happened half a century ago in Germany.
As it is known, lawsuits exposing counterfeiters are not uncommon. And any of them should start, the media must inform the on-call sensation, although far from fresh: “75 million lime masterpieces circulate throughout Europe, and, according to experts, their number will increase every year!”
That’s after all what heights the falsifiers, mystifiers and other adventurers from art have reached! But it is unlikely that they would be able to turn their scams so easily if there weren’t good “teachers” behind them who prepared the ground for that …
Incendiary bombs dropped on Lübeck performed, as they wrote in the newspapers, a miraculous cleansing. Causing Continue reading
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