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28 November 2018"Look like an Expert" : the inside story on art restoration, forgery and taste.
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"Look like an Expert" : the inside story on art restoration, forgery and taste. David Philips Wednesday 28 November 2018

The secret surface:  Conservation can be frought with controversy. we explore the issues in a voyage of discovery down through the painted surface from varnish to canvas, noting the changes wrought by time and treatments, with dramatic before and after images of some famous paintings.

Fine Art Forgery: craftmanship or confidence trickery.   Fake scientific and documentary evidence plays a big role as connoisseurship, in a "ripping yarns" survey.  The famous cases of Van Meergeren and Tom Keeting emerge as mere japes in comparison with the massive and sometimes alarming scams of some recent villains, such as the tecnically dazzling Wolfgang Beltracchi.

Have you good taste ?   That was the title of a survey conducted by the Listener in 1929 to test the nation's artistic judgement.  In the persuit of a definition of "kitsch" we take a light-hearted tour past some wonderful artworks as well as some wonderfully awful ones. No promises though, that we'll find that we always agree!