Egyptian Fakes, Masterpieces That Duped the Art World and the Experts Who Uncovered Them

Egyptian Fakes, Masterpieces That Duped the Art World and the Experts Who Uncovered Them

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Egyptologists and forgers have been battling for over a century: the connoisseur’s eye vs. the ingenuity of the "artists" and their impressive creations, some considered authentic for decades before being withdrawn from major collections. A market for Egyptian artifacts has existed since the Phoenicians, but it gathered strength through the nineteenth century when museums sprung up, archaeological digs revealed ever-greater treasures, and tourism flourished, bringing numerous collectors in their wake. Jean-Jacques Fiechter introduces us to a series of colorful individuals and illicit deals set against a backdrop of golden sands and sinister backrooms. He retells the stories of "masterpieces" that found their way into the collections of the Louvre, Metropolitan Museum, and British Museum—and discusses how forgers plied their trade, while also retracing the pioneering inquiries led by the first "fake-busters."

Baker & Taylor
Shares high-energy stories about convincing Egyptian art forgeries that were considered authentic for decades before being withdrawn from major collections, including those in the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum, and the British Museum.

Baker
& Taylor

Shares stories about convincing Egyptian art forgeries that were considered authentic for decades before being withdrawn from major collections, including those in the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum, and the British Museum.

Publisher: Paris : Flammarion, 2009
ISBN: 9782080301116
208030111X
Branch Call Number: 709.32 FIECH

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