Tuesday, July 13, 2010

National Gallery: an art exhibition where nothing is what it seems | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

LONDON - OCTOBER 22:  Artist Peter Blake views...Image by Getty Images via @daylife

National Gallery: an art exhibition where nothing is what it seems | Art and design | guardian.co.uk: "The National Gallery is about to open its worst exhibition ever. The pictures are deplorable: incompetent copies, botched restorations, outright fakes. The most painful thing for the gallery is that it bought most of them genuinely believing they were masterpieces.

Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries is the first major exhibition devoted to the work of the gallery's scientists. The laboratory was founded in 1934 and is now a world leader. Their training and equipment is very expensive and so are their results. Their ability to peer under the surface of the paintings using x-ray, infra-red photography and electron microscopes has called the bluff of a range of fakes: two Holbeins, two Botticellis, a Vel�squez, a Poussin, several Rembrandts and a D�rer, all now revealed as fakes, copies, or wildly over-enthusiastic attributions."