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Man Who Made "Vermeers": Unvarnishing the Legend of the Master Forger Han Van Meegeren

Written by Jonathan Lopez

It's a story that made Dutch painter Han van Meegeren famous worldwide when it broke at the end of World War ll: A lifetime of disappointment drove him to forge Vermeers, one of which he sold to Hermann Goering in mockery of the Nazis. Too bad it isn't true...

Writer Jonathan Lopez recasts an anti-fascist folk hero as a Talented Mr. Ripley armed with a paint brush. Drawing upon never-before-see documents from dozens of archives to write a revelatory new biography of the world's most famous forger.

This book accompanies the upcoming exhibition "Treasures on Trial" at Winterthur, April 1, 2017 - January 7, 2018. Frauds. Fakes. Trickery. Deceit! Put on your CSI hat and investigate some of the most clever and costliest deceptions of our time.

View more than 40 forgeries and counterfeits of all types, from art to wine to fashion. Learn the beguiling tales behind these fakes - many of which have been at the center of major scandals and FBI investigations! See how science is deployed to reveal the truth behind these clever shams, and how the experts answer the question, -Is it real or fake??

• 352 pages.

• Black and white illustrations.

• 5" x 8".

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