Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes

  • Thursday, Aug. 17 - Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Time: 10:00:00 to 17:00:00
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, DE
  • Price: $5-$20.
  • Phone: (800) 448-3883

The exhibition will examine artwork, couture, silver, sporting memorabilia, wine, musical instruments, antiquities, and stamps along with ceramics, furniture, and folk art. This broad selection of luxury and everyday objects further illustrates that rarity, supply, and desirability can make anything fair game for a clever forger or fraudster intent on turning a handsome profit. Treasures on Trial will examine intriguing questions such as: What gets faked and why? How do you spot a fake? How does scientific methodology assist in this? Visitors will be invited to investigate several unresolved examples and share their opinion about the authenticity of the object based on the available evidence. *Image at top: Copy of Oleanders, after Vincent Van Gogh, John Myatt, 2012, mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of Washington Green Fine Art