The Art Forger's Handbook

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The Art Forger's Handbook is the ultimate art how-to book - a complete masterclass in the art of faking Old Masters and fooling the experts - as well as a course for experts and collectors in how to spot fakes. Here Eric Hebborn (1934-1996), the world's greatest contemporary art forger, unpacks the secrets of his forging techniques, revealing in the process a truly profound knowledge of the great artists of the past. Inks, papers, pens, colors, signatures and more are all explained - providing a rare ...
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The Art Forger's Handbook is the ultimate art how-to book - a complete masterclass in the art of faking Old Masters and fooling the experts - as well as a course for experts and collectors in how to spot fakes. Here Eric Hebborn (1934-1996), the world's greatest contemporary art forger, unpacks the secrets of his forging techniques, revealing in the process a truly profound knowledge of the great artists of the past. Inks, papers, pens, colors, signatures and more are all explained - providing a rare understanding of how great artists work. The international art world was plunged into turmoil when it was revealed, in 1980, that many works previously attributed to artists as varied as Brueghel, Piranesi, Pontormo, Corot and Augustus John were in fact the work of the English artist Eric Hebborn. At a stroke, Hebborn was elevated to that select band of the very greatest art forgers, alongside Tom Keating and Van Meegeren. Hebborn had fooled the experts, time and again, into making attributions more to do with anticipated monetary values than artistic integrity or scholarship. It was a scandal, and Hebborn relished it; yet despite his success as a forger, he was never arrested or even interrogated. Compiled shortly before Hebborn's mysterious and untimely death, this, his last book, is a wonderfully entertaining and often outrageous speculation about the nature of art, truth and value and with advice on how to stay on the right side of the law - all by a master of genius, culture and charm.
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Hebborn (1934-1996) was a master of his craft who plunged the international art world into turmoil when it was revealed, in 1980, that many drawings previously attributed to artists as varied as Breughel, Piranesi, Pontormo, and Corot, among others, were in fact Hebborn's work. This handbook is a remarkable compendium of detailed technical advice<-->about inks, papers, pens, colors, signatures, and more<-->revealing Hebborn's profound knowledge of the great artists, interspersed with his articulate and entertaining speculations about the nature of art, truth, and value, and advice on how to stay on the right side of the law. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780879517670
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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