ArtHistory Summer 2017

Forgeries, Fakes & Frauds
The F-ed Up Side of Art History

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Thursday Evenings

All lectures will be at the Triton Museum of Art, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $45 TMA members, $55 general admission
($20 drop-in fee per lecture)

No sooner did artists figure out how to make a buck or gain some fame by their creations, than others figured out ways to cash in on someone else’s talent and vision. It is a side of the art world we rarely look at, unless we are the victims of fraud or the curious readers of a sensational exposé. In this three-week series, Chief Curator Preston Metcalf will guide us through this dark and sometimes humorous world of intrigue and art.

Art History - Spring 2017
August 10, 2017


During the High Renaissance, German artist Albrecht Dürer became one of the most forged artists in Europe. This was due in part to the rise of printmaking as a more affordable art commodity, but it also led to the first laws against art forgeries. We begin our journey through the murkier side of the art world by looking at some of the most audacious art forgers and forgeries throughout history, and how they ultimately affected the art world as we know it today.

Art History - Spring 2017
August 17, 2017


Caveat emptor! (Buyer beware!) What do you really know about the validity of the work of art you are looking at? Is it by the artist claimed as creator? Is it even of the same time period? For millennia artists have replicated great works of art, but not always for the nefarious purposes of duping potential buyers. From the Ancient Romans to Michelangelo to contemporary works for the tourist trade, intentional fakes abound. The result leads to problems for collectors, museums, and art dealers when trying to assess an artwork’s credibility.

Art History - Spring 2017
August 24, 2017


Artists are an interesting breed. Add a dash of larceny, a smidge of greed, and a soupçon of moxie and you have the perfect recipe for an art fraud. Here we look at some of the remarkable characters that were quite successful — for a time — at perpetrating art hoaxes and scams upon an all-too-eager public

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