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October 21, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site
9650 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7817; TTY 301-699-2544
Free, no reservations required.
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Friends of Montpelier Fall History Talk: A Short Overview of the History of Forged Art, by Susan McCarter

Saturday, October 21, 2017

There are three ways ancient and modern art disappears. As in Iraq and Syria today, works are looted from sites or museums. Some works are stolen from museums and private collections. The third process is forging. A clever forger can create a work that fools even the experts. Forgers don’t steal art per se, they steal from the people who buy their fraudulent statues and paintings. In this lecture, Susan McCarter, adjunct professor emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at three major universities, will discuss the technical aspects of forging paintings and give examples of successful forgers and the works they have created.

Ages: Adults