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How To Identify A Forgery

Author: Suzanne Bell
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1620875934
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Looks at the modern tools of computers, printers, and scanners to create questioned documents and counterfeits and provides an overview of the start of fakes and forgeries from ancient times to the present.


Author: Kenneth Walton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416934618
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It was the golden age of eBay. Optimistic bidders went online to the world's largest flea market in droves, ready to spend cash on everything from garden gnomes to Mercedes convertibles. Among them were art collectors willing to spend big money on unseen paintings, hoping to buy valuable pieces of art at below-market prices. EBay also attracted the occasional con artist unable to resist the temptation of abusing a system that prided itself on being "based on trust." Kenneth Walton -- once a lawyer bound by the ethics of his profession to uphold the law -- was seduced by just such a con artist and, eventually, became one himself. Ripped from the headlines of the New York Times, the first newspaper to break the story, Fake describes Walton's innocent beginnings as an online art-trading hobbyist and details the downward spiral of greed that ultimately led to his federal felony conviction. What started out as a satisfying exercise in reselling thrift store paintings for a profit in order to pay back student loans and mounting credit card debt soon became a fierce addiction to the subtle deception of luring unsuspecting bidders into overpaying for paintings of questionable origins. In a landscape peopled with colorful eccentrics hoping to score museum-quality paintings at bargain prices, Walton entered into a partnership with Ken Fetterman, an unslick (yet somehow very effective) con man. Over the course of eighteen months they managed to take in hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling forged paintings and bidding on their own auctions to drive up the prices. When their deception was discovered and made international headlines, Walton found himself stalked by reporters and federal agents while Fetterman went on the lam, sparking a nationwide FBI manhunt. His elaborate game of cat and mouse lasted nearly three years, until the feds caught up with him after a routine traffic violation and brought him to justice. In this sensational story of the seductive power of greed, Kenneth Walton breaks his silence for the first time and, in his own words, details the international scandal that forever changed the way eBay does business.

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

Art Fraud Detective

Author: Anna Nilsen
ISBN: 9780753411957
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Some of the priceless masterpieces have been stolen from the Town Gallery and replaced with forgeries, and it's up to you spot the clues and identify the fakes. This spot-the-difference game also contains facts about paintings, tips on the techniques of the Old Masters and a glossary of art terms.

Judging The Authenticity Of Prints By The Masters

Author: David Rudd Cycleback
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.

Physical Unclonable Functions In Theory And Practice

Author: Christoph Böhm
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461450403
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In Physical Unclonable Functions in Theory and Practice, the authors present an in-depth overview of various topics concerning PUFs, providing theoretical background and application details. This book concentrates on the practical issues of PUF hardware design, focusing on dedicated microelectronic PUF circuits. Additionally, the authors discuss the whole process of circuit design, layout and chip verification. The book also offers coverage of: Different published approaches focusing on dedicated microelectronic PUF circuits Specification of PUF circuits General design issues Minimizing error rate from the circuit’s perspective Transistor modeling issues of Montecarlo mismatch simulation and solutions Examples of PUF circuits including an accurate description of the circuits and testing/measurement results Different error rate reducing pre-selection techniques This monograph gives insight into PUFs in general and provides knowledge in the field of PUF circuit design and implementation. It could be of interest for all circuit designers confronted with PUF design, and also for professionals and students being introduced to the topic.

Do More Better

Author: Tim Challies
Publisher: Cruciform Press
ISBN: 1941114199
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Don’t try to do it all. Do more good. Better. I am no productivity guru. I am a writer, a church leader, a husband, and a father—a Christian with a lot of responsibilities and with new tasks coming at me all the time. I wrote this short, fast-paced, practical guide to productivity to share what I have learned about getting things done in today’s digital world. Whether you are a student or a professional, a work-from-home dad or a stay-at-home mom, it will help you learn to structure your life to do the most good to the glory of God. In Do More Better, you will learn: Common obstacles to productivityThe great purpose behind productivity3 essential tools for getting things doneThe power of daily and weekly routines And much more, including bonus material on taming your email and embracing the inevitable messiness of productivity. It really is possible to live a calm and orderly life, sure of your responsibilities and confident in your progress. You can do more better. And I would love to help you get there. –Tim Challies

Caveat Emptor

Author: Ken Perenyi
Publisher: Pegasus
ISBN: 9781605985022
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Ten years after the case was closed by the FBI, an artist with an uncanny ability to mimic the work of the old masters confesses and describes his 30-year career as a professional art forger. 15,000 first printing.

Reckless Faith

Author: John MacArthur
ISBN: 9780891077930
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In a society that is hostile to anyone who declares absolutes, that tolerates faith in any form, that values emotion over reason and trendiness over conviction, it's no suprise that many American chuches have lost their ability to discern between biblical truth and doctrinal error. John MacArthur attempts to set them straight.