“Oh yes it is”, “Oh no it isn’t”: Unresolved questions of authenticity

Kouros, about 530 B.C. or modern forgery, Dolomitic marble. (A kouros is a statue of a standing nude youth.) J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California

The Arts Society North Bucks

Thursday, 13th June 2019 at 11.00 am
Lovat Hall, Silver Street Newport Pagnell MK16 0EJ

The Metropolitan Museum called a press conference to denounce their own ancient bronze horse as a forgery, then exonerated it … almost. The Turin Shroud is a fascinating object, whatever your take on it. The Getty Museum frankly label the Kouros they bought as either Greek from the 5th century BC, or as a modern forgery – we just don’t know.

Disputes are erupting with such frequency that the most topical cases we look at by the time this lecture gets delivered may not yet have hit the headlines.

David Phillips worked for Nottingham Castle Museum and was Lecturer in Museum Studies and Art History at the University of Manchester.

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