Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Fingering the suspect

Another interesting New Yorker article – probably better read in print as it extends to 17 pages online, and we all know our reading attention is short online. Nevertheless, I did read it online. It's about faking art, exposing fakes, finding masterpieces, fingerprinting for authenticating an artwork, and the strange admixture of all these and how they come together in the combination of possible crime and possible art.

Part (and only part) of the article features the "found" Leonardo pictured here (and discussed in The Daily Telegraph here): is it or isn't it? For what it's worth (nothing), I'd say it's not. There's something just too modern about her gaze: she seems well fed, well medicated, and like she hasn't seen medieval streets. Purely a subjective and uninformed opinion, naturally.

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