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How To Identify A Forgery

Author: Suzanne Bell
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 162636477X
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Fakes and counterfeits have existed since ancient times; and while the methods of forgery have surely advanced, so has the science necessary to identify them. Currency, art, and historical artifacts are only a few of the objects commonly forged; and scientists in forensic laboratories throughout the world work alongside artists, museums, linguists, and historians to authenticate these items. How to Identify a Forgery investigates how modern computers, printers, and scanners have presented new challenges for scientists and how objects suspected of being faked, forged, or fraudulent are examined forensically. How to Identify a Forgery contains information on: • Counterfeiting currency • Electronic and digital signatures • Dating ink • Dyes and pigments • Forging art • Handwriting analysis • Scientific methodology • Visual examination and microscopy How to Identify a Forgery contains illustrations, a glossary, and a detailed list of print and web resources. Sidebars on notable cases and pressing forensics issues throughout reinforce the text. Essential for students, teachers, collectors, and investigators who require information on proper forensic science practices, Dr. Bell’s book is as fascinating as it is useful.

Forged

Author: Jonathon Keats
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199928355
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Forged explores the notion of art forgery from ancient times to the present.

The Art Of Forgery

Author: Noah Charney
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714867458
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The Art of Forgery: Case Studies in Deception explores the stories, dramas and human intrigues surrounding the world’s most famous forgeries – investigating the motivations of the artists and criminals who have faked great works of art, and in doing so conned the public and the art establishment alike.

The Scientist And The Forger

Author: Jehane Ragai
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 1783267429
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"The scientific techniques described encompass relevant examples of forgery detection and of authentication. The book deals, to name a few, with the Chagall, the Jackson Pollock and the Beltracchi affairs and discusses the Isleworth Mona Lisa as well as La Bella Principessa both thought to be a Leonardo creation. The authentication, amongst others, of two van Gogh paintings, of Vermeer's St Praxedis, of Leonardo's Lady with an Ermine and of Rembrandt's Old Man with a Beard are also described." Over the last few decades there has been a disconcerting increase in the number of forged paintings. In retaliation, there has been a rise in the use, efficiency and ability of scientific techniques to detect these forgeries. The scientist has waged war on the forger. The Scientist and the Forger describes the cutting-edge and traditional weapons in this battle, showing how they have been applied to the most notorious cases. The book also provides fresh insights into the psychology of both the viewer and the forger, shedding light on why the discovery that a work of art is a forgery makes us view it so differently and providing a gripping analysis of the myriad motivations behind the most egregious incursions into deception. The book concludes by discussing the pressing problems faced by the art world today, stressing the importance of using appropriate tools for a valid verdict on authenticity. Written in an approachable and amenable style, the book will make fascinating reading for non-specialists, art historians, curators and scientists alike. Contents:Establishing the First Link in the Art Chain: AttributionMicroscopy-Related TechniquesScientific Techniques Reliant on Mass SpectrometrySome X-ray-based TechniquesInfrared ReflectographyDigital Techniques in Art AuthenticationDendrochronolgyThe Beguiling Odalisque — Is the Courtroom the Proper Venue for Authentication?Three Portraits, Two Women — Can Science Decide?Psychology of the ViewerPsychology of the ForgerReflections on the Turbulent World of Authentication Readership: General reader, curator, connoisseur, art-historian, psychologist, scientist and financier. Key Features:There is no existing publication to date that brings together the material presented in this book and which responds to heightened interest in and demand for information on forgery-related subjects as reflected in ever-expanding media coverageThis book will appeal to a broad readership: general reader, curator, connoisseur, art-historian, psychologist and the scientist in view of the interdisciplinary nature of the work. It might also be of interest to the financier as large sums of money are involved in the purchase of paintings by famous mastersThis book covers a wide spectrum of interrelated subjects: the current state of forgery in painting touching upon some of the most singular cases, the potential and limits of new research methodologies, psychological parameters related to forgery as well as to viewership and finally the current efforts in redressing a situation of greed and fraud in the art market. Adding novelty, is the very contemporary character and diversity of the cases presented (from European to Middle Eastern artworks)Keywords:Authentication;Scientific Detection of Forgery;Psychology/Forger;Psychology/Viewer;Art World;Copy;Attribution;Connoisseur;Art Historian;Digital Techniques in Art;Painting;FraudReviews: "A highly original and informative volume that is not only impossible to put down but also makes one think in a new way about how we view the world around us." Chris Dobson, FRS John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Chemical and Structural Biology and Master of St John's College, Cambridge

Numismatic Forgery

Author: Charles M. Larson
Publisher: Zyrus Press
ISBN: 9780974237121
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Larson became intrigued by the ingenuity of the processes involved in creating numismatic forgeries. He shows you how they are done, so that you may be forewarned when inventing in your collection.

Krueger S Men

Author: Lawrence Malkin
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 9780316029162
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The true story that inspired the Oscar-winning movie The Counterfeiters. "An astonishing and exciting tale. The drama of how the Nazis mounted a complex counterfeiting operation inside a concentration camp is matched by the chilling life-or-death saga of the prisoners involved. It reads like a thriller, but it's all true." -Walter Isaacson, author of The Wise Men and Benjamin Franklin Only a fortnight after the start of WWII, at a meeting that has remained a secret for more than half a century, Nazi leaders and officials of the German Reichsbank approved an audacious plot to counterfeit millions of British pounds. Drawing upon top-secret bank records, German and British correspondence, and interrogation transcripts, Lawrence Malkin reveals how an unremarkable SS officer named Bernhard Krueger attempted to bring down the world financial system. But when Krueger discovered that forging pounds, and later dollars, was no easy task, he made a crucial decision: he would seek out the greatest counterfeiters of pre-war Europe and enlist them in the effort. He found them in an unexpected place: a Nazi concentration camp. KRUEGER'S MEN is the remarkable story of how these Jews managed to save themselves. Part Schindler's List, part The Great Escape, this account of the Nazi plot is a fascinating portrait of deception, courage, and moral awakening. "Few writers understand the mysterious intricacies of money better than Lawrence Malkin, and in KRUEGER'S MEN he has reconstructed one of the last great untold stories of World War II." -Robert Crowley, founding editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History "A hard gem of a book." -Tampa Tribune "The compelling story of the Third Reich's attempt to wreck the British economy by flooding Europe with millions of counterfeit British pounds. . . . Thorough research and authoritative voice enable this fascinating chapter of history to hold interest. Gripping proof that indeed all is fair in love and war." -Kirkus Reviews "An engrossing and often inspiring chronicle." -Booklist

Clementine Hunter

Author: Art Shiver
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 0807148806
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Clementine Hunter (1887--1988) painted every day from the 1930s until several days before her death at age 101. As a cook and domestic servant at Louisiana's Melrose Plantation, she painted on hundreds of objects available around her -- glass snuff bottles, discarded roofing shingles, ironing boards -- as well as on canvas. She produced between five and ten thousand paintings, including her most ambitious work, the African House Murals. Scenes of cotton planting and harvesting, washdays, weddings, baptisms, funerals, Saturday night revelry, and zinnias depict experiences of everyday plantation life along the Cane River. More than a personal record of Hunter's life, her paintings also reflect the social, material, and cultural aspects of the area's larger African American community. Drawing on archival research, interviews, personal files, and a close relationship with the artist, Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead offer the first comprehensive biography of this self-taught painter, who attracted the attention of the world. Shiver and Whitehead trace Hunter's childhood, her encounters at Melrose with artists and writers, such as Alberta Kinsey and Lyle Saxon, and the role played by eccentric François Mignon, who encouraged and promoted her art. The authors include rare paintings and photographs to illustrate Hunter's creative process and discuss the evolution of her style. The book also highlights Hunter's impact on the modern art world and provides insight into a decades-long forgery operation that Tom Whitehead helped uncover. This recent attention reinforced the uniqueness of Hunter's art and confirmed her place in the international art community, which continues to be inspired by the life and work of Clementine Hunter.

The Art Of Making Money

Author: Jason Kersten
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101060166
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Read Jason Kersten's posts on the Penguin Blog. The true story of a brilliant counterfeiter who "made" millions, outwitted the Secret Service, and was finally undone when he went in search of the one thing his forged money couldn't buy him: family. Art Williams spent his boyhood in a comfortable middle-class existence in 1970s Chicago, but his idyll was shattered when, in short order, his father abandoned the family, his bipolar mother lost her wits, and Williams found himself living in one of Chicago's worst housing projects. He took to crime almost immediately, starting with petty theft before graduating to robbing drug dealers. Eventually a man nicknamed "DaVinci" taught him the centuries-old art of counterfeiting. After a stint in jail, Williams emerged to discover that the Treasury Department had issued the most secure hundred-dollar bill ever created: the 1996 New Note. Williams spent months trying to defeat various security features before arriving at a bill so perfect that even law enforcement had difficulty distinguishing it from the real thing. Williams went on to print millions in counterfeit bills, selling them to criminal organizations and using them to fund cross-country spending sprees. Still unsatisfied, he went off in search of his long-lost father, setting in motion a chain of betrayals that would be his undoing. In The Art of Making Money, journalist Jason Kersten details how Williams painstakingly defeated the anti-forging features of the New Note, how Williams and his partner-in-crime wife converted fake bills into legitimate tender at shopping malls all over America, and how they stayed one step ahead of the Secret Service until trusting the wrong person brought them all down. A compulsively readable story of how having it all is never enough, The Art of Making Money is a stirring portrait of the rise and inevitable fall of a modern-day criminal mastermind. Watch a Video

Judging The Authenticity Of Prints By The Masters

Author: David Rudd Cycleback
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0615171850
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Written by prominent authentication and forgery detection expert David Rudd Cycleback, Judging the Authenticity of Prints by The Masters is a brief primer for starting collectors, investors and art fans. The book covers the essential basics to making sound judgments about the authenticity, or lack thereof, of prints by artists from Dali to Warhol. Topics include printing process and paper identification, how to research an artista s work, states, editions, provenance, letters of authenticity and standard methods for identifying common fakes and reprints. The book has been used in college and university art and art education courses.

Hoax A History Of Deception

Author: Ian Tattersall
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
ISBN: 0316503703
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An entertaining collection of the most audacious and underhanded deceptions in the history of mankind, from sacred relics to financial schemes to fake art, music, and identities. World history is littered with tall tales and those who have fallen for them. Ian Tattersall, a curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, has teamed up with Peter Névraumont to tell this anti-history of the world, in which Michelangelo fakes a masterpiece; Arctic explorers seek an entrance into a hollow Earth; a Shakespeare tragedy is "rediscovered"; a financial scheme inspires Charles Ponzi; a spirit photographer snaps Abraham Lincoln's ghost; people can survive ingesting only air and sunshine; Edgar Allen Poe is the forefather of fake news; and the first human was not only British but played cricket. Told chronologically, HOAX begins with the first documented announcement of the end of the world in 2800 BC and winds its way through controversial tales such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Shroud of Turin, past proven fakes such as the Thomas Jefferson's ancient wine and the Davenport Tablets built by a lost race, and explores bald-faced lies in the worlds of art, science, literature, journalism, and finance.