Brazen forgery was art world's "most brilliant" con

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Is anyone working on a system that makes a 3D color scan of an oil painting, and then recreates it, layer by layer in a 3D oil paint printer? If not, support my kickstarter…


First thing I though was “lens on the left is definitely sharper, but the softer rendering of the one in the right is not unflattering for portraits”.

I might be reading too many gear reviews lately.

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I’m fascinated by the con artists that can reproduce period artifacts with incredible accuracy.

Mark Hoffman notoriously manufactured his own iron-based ink for forging 19th century documents.


I think we’re at the point where, frankly, most forgeries get caught when seriously inspected – and it’s because of chemical and other measurable aberrations that only become more easily detected as time goes by. the 3d-printed clone would LOOK perfect and trick visual inspectors, but it’s the sort of thing that fails all other proverbial (and likely literal!) sniff tests.


The one on the right is a paintover I did in photoshop.

Traditional forgery is often accomplished by a similar technique: you project a photo of the painting onto canvas. It’s good for the basics, at least. Photoshop gives you perfect color, too! CON: you can’t sell a PSD to the Russians.

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Not bad! I actually though it was a detail from a bona fide fake painting (now there’s a contradiction) someone tried to sell as real. Not necessarily the masterpiece-grade one from the article.

Not for that kind of money, anyway. Maybe at Fiverr/Mechanical Turk prices.

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It’s weird, but establishment “high school” (6th form) art education in the UK, at least until the 1990s, was ‘copy this master painting’ over and over for 2 years. So at 30 I was like, ‘wait, what, I’m a competent art forger? this is … cool’


see they did try to give you job skills :smile:


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