When Art Isn’t Real
The World's Most Controversial Objects under Investigation
Andrew Shortland and Patrick Degryse
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How an initially valueless object becomes worth hundreds of millions. And vice versa.
The art world is a multi-billion-dollar industry which captures world headlines on a regular basis, for both good and bad reasons. This book deals with one of the most-discussed areas of controversy: high-profile objects that have experts arguing about their veracity. Some may have been looted, others may be fakes, some may be heavily restored or misattributed. Often, in these cases, analytical science is called on to settle a dispute. The authors of this book have decades of experience in this field, working on a range of objects dating from prehistory to the twentieth century. They present seven of the most famous cases from the Getty Kouros to the Turin Shroud – some of which are still contested, and examine how a few words from a connoisseur or scientist can make a virtually valueless object worth hundreds of millions. And vice versa.
“The ‘arms race’ between the forger and the scientist is quite
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The Getty Kouros
The Vinland Map
The “Amarna Princess”
Leonardo and the Eye
The Reconstruction of Knossos
A Guided Bibliography
Format: Trade book - paperback
Size: 216 × 140 × 11 mm
Illustrated in black and white
Publication: March 18, 2022
Stock item number: 147334
Patrick Degryse is professor of geochemistry at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, and professor of archaeometry at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University.