Forgery fiction: literature’s fascination with fake art

The guardian | Maggie Cao:

Even Michelangelo was guilty of forgery. As the story goes, the young artist buried a sleeping Cupid he carved from marble so that it would pass as a Greco-Roman antiquity. Upon learning of its true maker, the buyer, Cardinal Raffaello Riario, returned the piece to his dealer for a full refund. The unfortunate Cardinal, though a few hundred ducats wealthier, will forever be remembered in the annals of art history as aesthetically clueless, unable to recognize Michelangelo as the first modern sculptor to surpass the celebrated ancients he was trying to imitate… Read more

Image: Christ and the Disciples at Emmaus. The painting was initially attributed to Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, before it was revealed to be a forgery by Hans Van Meegeren and painted in 1936-37. Photograph: Verwendung weltweit