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Are they False? Fake? Copies? How to assess it?

Art is Science 2016


"Fake" art goes Social


Are they False? Fake? Copies? How to assess it?


The eye is not enough but an incomplete diagnostics campaign is also not enough
We say that the best way to assess the essence of a person is to look into their eyes, which are the mirror of the soul.  
But these same eyes, when used to judge a work of art, may be an insufficient tool, or be deceived.
More and more often we read about "fake paintings discoveries".
A few weeks ago, for example, the news appeared of the return to the  unculpable
purchaser, by Sotheby's, of a large sum of money received from the sale of an alleged Frans Hals. And it seems that this is not the only painting that had the same fate, in fact the batch would comprise 25 works, all fakes.
The chronicles report that this painting was declared authentic not only by experts of the auction house, but also by art historians who examined it during the "export certification" procedure.
It turns out that their study made use also of an imaging diagnostic campaign. We read that the painting was analyzed with ultraviolet, infrared and X-ray radiations. Then how is it possible that that a fake was certified authentic? Perhaps the diagnostic campaign was not sufficient, or the images have not been correctly interpreted?
Art-Test always suggests including an analysis of the materials used.
This to verify whether they were available in the period in which it is assumed that the work has been done, and to evaluate their compatibility with the modus operandi of the artist proposed.
Analyses are always useful. They must be professionally done and presented with the utmost transparency. Lately in the catalog of Sotheby's upcoming auction of old masters, a reflectography image appeared along the picture of the painting. Is this the beginning of a new chapter in the art authenticity quest? We hope so, since we love our work and art alike!


https://www.ft.com/content/23a4b5ac-8b08-11e6-8cb7-e7ada1d123b1

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/old-master-fakes-scandal-heating-up-683267

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/the-man-at-the-centre-of-the-old-master-fakes-scandal/

 





 



Art is Science 2016

As usual by this time of the year, AIAr organizes a new edition of “Scienza e’ Arte”. And Art-Test takes part in one of the events. This time we will be in Paestum!
The museum of the Archaeological Park hosted a particularly interesting exhibition entitled "Possession". During the exhibition, AiAr, with its institutional partners and the companies in its network (among which Art-Test), has promoted a diagnostic campaign on numerous finds.
Next 2nd December, in Paestum, at the Museum of the Archaeological Park, a workshop will be held on the topic of possess, robbery and antique art, and the assessments which are possible via archaeometric techniques:  Possessione. Trafugamenti e falsi di antichità a Paestum. Le indagini archeometriche.
 Art-Test will present, together with the Florentine colleagues of ICVBC-CNR, the scientific data emerging from the analysis of a tomb that was stolen from the Archaeological Park and returned to the museum a few years ago, following a police action in
 Switzerland .
Join us and discover beautiful and hidden treasures!




 
http://www.museopaestum.beniculturali.it/possessione-trafugamenti-e-falsi-di-antichita-a-paestum/


http://www.associazioneaiar.com/wp/as/?page_id=438


 


 

"Fake" art goes Social

Beginning with the new year, Art-Test will periodically publish on Facebook and Twitter on two special topics related to the authenticity in art. One will be "non-authenticity in art", understood in all its nuances. So we'll speak about intentional fakes but also about copies, replicas, betrayals, huge gains and … jail.  Will then take a look at history of fakes giving a more in-depth view of how this has been perceived and disputed in various periods of time. In facts counterfeiters and then their works are as old as the world!
Be sure not to miss our Facebook and Twitter post ... we are waiting for your messages and your comments!

 
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