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The Enduring Challenges of Authenticating Art

When the Allentown Art Museum sent their oil-on-oak painting Portrait of a Young Woman to specialists at New York University to be cleaned, they expected to get it back without the layers of overpainting and thick varnish which had obscured the portrait’s delicate brushwork. Since they weren’t immediately looking for any proof of authentication, they […]

From Attic to Auction: The Journey of the Lost Caravaggio

The story of the lost Caravaggio discovered in a dusty attic in France has recently taken an exciting turn, with its highly-anticipated auctioning planned for this summer. The discovery of the masterpiece brought up the total number of paintings attributed to Caravaggio to 68. As it was unveiled last week at Colnaghi gallery, we reflect […]

Art forgery is becoming more commonplace

Art authentication needs to become more rigorous to confront the challenge For much of artistic history, forgery has been thought of with a tinge of romanticism. It has also been recognized for its sheer difficulty. Experts, collectors, and other artists aren’t traditionally naïve to the nuances of their craft. Very few have the talent to […]