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Author Lenain, Thierry

Title Art Forgery : the History of a Modern Obsession
Published London : Reaktion Books, 2012


Description 1 online resource (386 pages)
Contents Art Forgery: The History of a Modern Obsession; Imprint page; Contents; Foreword; 1. The Symptoms of an Obsession; 2. Before the Age of Art Forgery; 3. Before the Age of the Obsession with Art Forgery; 4. Art Forgery as the Connoisseur's Nightmare; Conclusion: Fakes and the End of the World; References; Bibliography; Acknowledgements; Photo Acknowledgements; Index
Summary With the recent advent of technologies that make detecting art forgeries easier, the art world has become increasingly obsessed with verifying and ensuring artistic authenticity. In this unique history, Thierry Lenain examines the genealogy of faking and interrogates the anxious, often neurotic, reactions triggered in the modern art world by these clever frauds. Lenain begins his history in the Middle Ages, when the issue of false relics and miracles often arose. But during this time, if a relic gave rise to a cult, it would be considered as genuine even if
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Subject Art -- Forgeries -- History
Pictures -- Copying -- History
Art -- Expertising
Art -- Expertising
Art -- Forgeries
Pictures -- Copying
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781861899590