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The Expert versus the Object: Judging Fakes and False Attributions in the Visual Arts
     

The Expert versus the Object: Judging Fakes and False Attributions in the Visual Arts

by Ronald D. Spencer
 

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ISBN-10: 0195147359

ISBN-13: 9780195147353

Pub. Date: 04/09/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The authenticity of visual art has always commanded the attention of experts, dealers, collectors, and the art-minded public. Is it "real" or "original" is a way of asking what am I buying? What do I own? What am I looking at? And today more sophisticated questions are being asked: How is authenticity determined and what weight does this

Overview

The authenticity of visual art has always commanded the attention of experts, dealers, collectors, and the art-minded public. Is it "real" or "original" is a way of asking what am I buying? What do I own? What am I looking at? And today more sophisticated questions are being asked: How is authenticity determined and what weight does this determination have in court? This book of essays proposes to answer those questions.

Three lines of inquiry are basic to determining authenticity: a connoisseur's evaluation, historical documentation or provenance, and scientific testing. A connoisseur is an expert who evaluates the "rightness" of a work based on much careful scrutiny of many works by an artist and familiarity with that artist's usual manner of working with materials. In determining provenance, a researcher traces the physical object from the artist through a chain of ownership to the present owner—simple enough in concept, though it assumes that the documentation is not faked or inaccurate. The goal is to ensure that the object is the same one that left the artist's hand. Scientific testing, although sometimes useful, is often longer on promise than result. Dating paint or wood samples, for instance, can show that a painting was made in Rembrandt's lifetime, but it cannot prove that it is by Rembrandt's hand. If expert opinion is divided, and large sums of money are involved, a dispute over authenticity may end up in a court of law, where evaluation of expert opinion evidence can be problematic.

The essays in this book clarify the nature of the methods outlined above and explain, based on case law, the present status of authentication issues in court. Contributors include experts from Christie's, London; Sotheby's, New York; and the former director of the Frick Collection; as well as leading art historians and art dealers; an art conservator; a forensic graphologist; a philanthropist and collector; and a specialist in French art law. Their collective knowledge on issues of authenticity will be invaluable for anyone interested in the world of visual art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195147353
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/09/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Introductionxi
Part IAuthentication and Connoisseurship
1Authenticating the Attribution of Art: Connoisseurship and the Law in the Judging of Forgeries, Copies, and False Attributions3
2Rembrandt and a Brief History of Connoisseurship29
3On Forgeries39
4Issues of Authenticity in the Auction House45
5The Catalogue Raisonne55
6The Role of the Catalogue Raisonne in the Art Market63
7"The Authentic Will Win Out"73
8Attributing Old Master Drawings79
9Signature Identification: From Pen Stroke to Brush Stroke89
10The International Foundation for Art Research95
11Museums and Authenticity Issues103
12Examining the Techniques and Materials of Paintings111
13Preservation and Authenticity in Contemporary Art125
Part IIAuthentication and the Law
14The Art Expert, the Law, and Real Life135
15The Risk of Legal Liability for Attributions of Visual Art143
16Authentication in Court: Factors Considered and Standards Proposed189
17A Legal Decision in New York Gives Experts Protection for Their Opinions on Authenticity217
18Establishing Authenticity in French Law227
Index235

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