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Issues of authenticity
Author(s): Renee N. Vara
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Paper Abstract

The problems which the fake or copy present, has received much attention among the art historians, philosophers, and art professionals within the last ten years. This renewed interest has largely focused upon aspects of what constitutes originality or fraud, but also has elucidated the fact that making copies was a common artistic practice during classical antiquity, the Renaissance, the early baroque and most commonly during the post modern period. One academic conference, held in 1985 at National Gallery of Art Symposium, entitled 'Retaining the Original' was focused around the very nature of the question of originality and authenticity. In the introduction to the published paper, Henry Million reminded us, that historically, 'making copies...constituted a major part of the artistic 'enterprise;' copies were valued and costly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3851, Scientific Detection of Fakery in Art II, (16 March 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.379873
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Renee N. Vara, Chubb Insurance (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3851:
Scientific Detection of Fakery in Art II
Duane R. Chartier; Walter McCrone; Richard J. Weiss, Editor(s)

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