False Impressions: The Hunt for Big-Time Art Fakes

False Impressions: The Hunt for Big-Time Art Fakes

by Thomas Hoving

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Overview

Delving into one of the most sacrosanct areas of culture--fine art collecting--Thomas Hoving presents a gallery of art fakes, fakers, and the suckers who fell for the scams. From the shroud of Turin to pre-Colombian pottery, Hoving reveals the biggest, the best, the most embarrassing, and the most costly forgeries in history--many of them unknown until now. photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684831480
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 05/08/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction15
1.Fakebusters, Fakers, and How to Tell a Fake19
2.The Giddy Ancient World24
3.The Shrouded Middle Ages37
4.Tricks of the Renaissance and Shams of the Baroque51
5.Victorian Shenanigans67
6.The Golden Age of Fakes--Nowl81
7.My Early Experiences101
8.Young at the Game115
9.A Real Pro128
10.Busting Wolfgang140
11.Fakes by the Ton150
12.If a Fake Is So Good That It Fools All the Experts, Then...163
13.Has Any Faker Fooled Them All?180
14.Deep Suspicions198
15.The Pseudo-Fakebusters209
16."Guardi Is Still Alive"235
17.The "Fhaker" with Chutzpah256
18.The Curious Spurious Kouros279
19.Con Brio311
Epilogue328
Notes335
Index349

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