arnet News | Sarah Cascone:
Can’t get enough of the current Old Master forgery scandal? As artnet News awaits new details about the potentially $225-million in fakes and who might be responsible, we’re turning to our book shelves. The following titles are packed with fascinating tales about the topic.
1. I Was Vermeer: The Rise and Fall of the Twentieth Century’s Greatest Forger, Frank Wynne (2006)
Arguably the most famous forger of all time, Han van Meegeren was a disillusioned Dutch painter whose Old Master-style works attracted little attention from 20th-century audiences—so he decided to pass off his own handiwork as undiscovered compositions by Johannes Vermeer. Among his unwitting customers was infamous Nazi leader Hermann Göring… Read more
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