Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Old Master Fakes May Reveal ‘Biggest Art Scandal in a Century’

By Sarah Cascone
Orazio Gentileschi, David Contemplating the Head of Goliath. Courtesy of the Weiss Gallery.
Move over, Knoedler Gallery. A new art forgery scandal is coming to light, and this one is all about Old Master paintings. The Daily Mail reports that experts now believe that there have been a recent spate of forgeries on the market, and that unwitting collectors may have spent up to 200 million ($255 million) on fakes masquerading as the work of Frans Hals, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Orazio Gentileschi, and other artists. Gentileschi’s David Contemplating the Head of Goliath recently on loan to London’s National Gallery. [link]