Antiques expert Marc Allum. SUR.
Renowned antiques expert to offer his extensive knowledge of fraudulent art

Renowned antiques expert to offer his extensive knowledge of fraudulent art

The Benahavís Art Society's monthly illustrated lecture will focus on the fascination of fakes and forgeries within the world of art

Friday, 17 February 2023, 09:59


The Benahavís Art Society will hold its monthly illustrated lecture at the Benahavís town hall from 6.30pm Tuesday 21 February.

This month's talk, Fakes and Forgeries, will be given by Marc Allum, a freelance art and antiques journalist, writer and broadcaster who has offered his extensive knowledge as a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow for more than 20 years.

Marc has long been a collector of interesting and historical fakes, and this talk will focus on the age-old fascination with faking and forging. The expert will cite some of the greatest exponents of the craft, illustrated with a plethora of challenging examples.

The BBC expert has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes, and he regularly writes for mainstream antiques magazines.

The self-confessed collectaholic, who also runs a fine art valuation and consultancy service, has his own unique style with interests ranging from prehistory to modern design. He has a passion and reputation for divining the unusual through "a desire to connect with history through the interpretation and pursuit of objects and their origins".

History is replete with examples of notorious art scams involving artists who made a living from copying famous works. Multiple times throughout history, paintings have sold to eager buyers only for them to later discover they had purchased a fake.

The talent involved in duplication deserves some amount of acclamation, as even the most sharp or watchful of all art collectors can be fooled into buying forged pieces.

Some of the most infamous forgery cases include the Terrus Museum in France, when, in 2018, a guest curator noticed that a work claimed to be by the artist Etienne Terrus was a fake. An investigation revealed that 82 of the 140 Terrus works on show in the museum were forgeries.

Another case to hit the headlines was the closing of the Knoedler & Company art gallery, which had been operating for 165 years, after allegations of selling fraudulent paintings surfaced.

According to The Washington Post, investigators discovered that paintings supposedly done by classical artists were actually made by one person. The culprit pleaded guilty to selling more than 50 forgeries for a price of 8o million dollars.

Marc Allum's talk at the Benahavís Art Society next week will offer an interesting insight to the world of forgeries. Tickets for the lecture cost ten euros for members and 12 euros for non-members.

The Benahavís Arts Society was established in 2012 and is part of a global network of local arts societies representing a worldwide membership of nearly 100,000.

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