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by Mark Jones

What is a fake and why are fakes made? Did the forgers of the Turin Shroud and Piltdown Man have the same motives? Does a famous Vermeer cease to be beautiful when it turns out to be a Van Meegeren? Is the Piranesi Vase an eighteenth-century masterpiece or a faked-up antique? Fakes, argue the contributors to this volume, have always been unjustly neglected, especially given the unparalleled evidence they provide of the values and perceptions of both those who make them and those who commission them.Included in this major survey of fakes and forgeries from ancient Babylonia to the present day are more than 600 objects from the British Museum and other outstanding collections. There are spectacular fakes once hailed as masterpieces of ancient and modern art. There are musical instruments and manuscripts, Chinese bronzes and Chelsea porcelain. There are literary and documentary frauds and political forgeries that have changed the course of history. Both the methods of making fakes and the recent scientific advances in their detection are described, but many puzzles remain. The book concludes with a discussion of intriguing cases like the Vinland Map, the "Aztec" rock-crystal skull, and the mysterious discoveries at Glozel, which continue to perplex curator, historian, and scientist alike.
Download Fake? The Art of Deception epub
ISBN: 0520070879
ISBN13: 978-0520070875
Category: Education
Subcategory: Schools & Teaching
Author: Mark Jones
Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press; 1st Edition edition (May 4, 1990)
Pages: 312 pages
ePUB size: 1390 kb
FB2 size: 1220 kb
Rating: 4.2
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Very interesting and informative book. Will not substitute you a specific literature, but definitely should be read by all who are interested in the subject.
In the interest of what accounts for a 'fake' this book offers some good insights and essays. It explores the issues of artist copies, deliberate forgeries, wartime counterfeiting, and historic fakes vs. contemporary. The book gets muddled in its handling of layout and captioning: images are often on separate pages than their captions - and the captions often reference objects that aren't in the pictures. This is maddening when you are trying to visualize the description between the fake and the real object, for most often the real object is not shown for comparison.
very well documented, covering a wide range of fakes . leaving the reader to appreciate the quality of some of the fakes.
This is a book for the collector and the dealer. It documents both techniques and events supporting fraud. A number of the photographs are quite good, some full page. I found it particularly useful as a collector, because it encouraged me to buy items that (now) I could identify as fakes, forgeries, copies, etc. It also encouraged me to not purchase so-so, but in demand, authentic pieces. This book will move you along the journey to answering those questions, "Is this item worth what's being asked?"