World painting boasts an impressive history of fakes. Such things have happened at all times and in all countries. And one of the funniest hoaxes happened half a century ago in Germany.
As it is known, lawsuits exposing counterfeiters are not uncommon. And any of them should start, the media must inform the on-call sensation, albeit already far from fresh: “75 million lime masterpieces circulate throughout Europe, and, according to experts, their number will increase every year!”
That’s after all what heights the falsifiers, mystifiers and other adventurers from art have reached! But it is unlikely they could be able to crank their scams so easily if there weren’t good “teachers” behind them Continue reading
From several biographical sources it is known that Michelangelo forged ancient Roman sculptures. He created a new marble sculpture, then smashed it, buried it in the garden and after some time declared that he had found Roman antiques.
A few years later, Cardinal Raffael Riario discovered a forgery and demanded his money back from antique dealer Baldassare del Milanese. He took the Sleeping Cupid back and sold it much more as Michelangelo’s original, since by that time Michelangelo had become the most sought-after sculptor.
Biographer Giorgio Vasari wrote: “Michelangelo also reproduced the drawings of various old masters in such a way that he could be mistaken, because he aged and smoked with smoke and various other things so that they really seemed old and, when comparing them with the authentic ones, distinguish one from another it was impossible. And he did this only in order to return the reproduced ones to get genuine drawings that delighted Continue reading
Making money on art is more difficult than just putting money in a bank and waiting for interest to accrue. However, the modern art market and antiques often bring more serious returns to investors than deposits or stocks.
Not a single antique dealer is engaged in investments in art as actively as stock market players, say the leaders of galleries and auction houses. And over the past year and a half, individuals began to acquire eternal values much more often than banks and large companies. Many investors known today started from scratch: consulted with specialists, visited art salons and fairs, determining the style in which they were interested in investing money. Among people investing in antiques and contemporary art, there are Continue reading