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…


#3

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.

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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.


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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’


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


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