Art Show: The Phony And The Fake

artfakesPortrait-of-Federico-de-M-001The National Gallery is giving a starring role to forgeries and classification blunders with a new exhibition. Entitled Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries, the show is devoted to the museum’s most embarrassing errors and faux pas involving works once thought of as Old Masters, but later removed from the walls of the gallery. Example here: A forgery purporting to be a 15th century portrait of the family of Federigo Montelfeltro, Duke of Urbino.

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