The Forgers Spell

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The Forger S Spell

Author : Edward Dolnick
ISBN : 9780061844591
Genre : Art
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As riveting as a World War II thriller, The Forger's Spell is the true story of three men and an extraordinary deception: the revered artist Johannes Vermeer; the small-time Dutch painter who dared to impersonate him years later; and the con man's mark, Hermann Goering, the fanatical art collector and one of Nazi Germany's most reviled leaders.
Category: Art

Art Forgery

Author : Thierry Lenain
ISBN : 9781861899590
Genre : Art
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With the recent advent of technologies that make detecting art forgeries easier, the art world has become increasingly obsessed with verifying and ensuring artistic authenticity. In this unique history, Thierry Lenain examines the genealogy of faking and interrogates the anxious, often neurotic, reactions triggered in the modern art world by these clever frauds. Lenain begins his history in the Middle Ages, when the issue of false relics and miracles often arose. But during this time, if a relic gave rise to a cult, it would be considered as genuine even if it obviously had been forged. In the Renaissance, forgery was initially hailed as a true artistic feat. Even Michelangelo, the most revered artist of the time, copied drawings by other masters, many of which were lent to him by unsuspecting collectors. Michelangelo would keep the originals himself and return the copies in their place. As Lenain shows, authenticity, as we think of it, is a purely modern concept. And the recent innovations in scientific attribution, archaeology, graphology, medical science, and criminology have all contributed to making forgery more detectable—and thus more compelling and essential to detect. He also analyzes the work of master forgers like Eric Hebborn, Thomas Keating, and Han van Meegeren in order to describe how pieces baffled the art world. Ultimately, Lenain argues that the science of accurately deciphering an individual artist’s unique characteristics has reached a level of forensic sophistication matched only by the forger’s skill and the art world’s paranoia.
Category: Art

There Are No Such Things As Theories

Author : Steven French
ISBN : 9780198848158
Genre : Philosophy
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There Are No Such Things as Theories considers the fundamental question: what is a scientific theory? It presents a range of options - from theories are sets of propositions, to theories are families of models, abstract artefacts, or fictions - and highlights the various problems they all face. In so doing it draws multiple comparisons between theories and artworks: on the one hand, theories are like certain kinds of paintings with regard to their representational capacity; on the other, they are like musical works in that they can be multiply presented. An alternative answer to the question is then offered, drawing on the metaphysics of musical works: there are no such things as theories. Nevertheless, we can still talk about them, since that talk is made true by the various practices that scientists engage in. The implications of this form of eliminativism for the realism debate is then discussed and it is concluded that this may offer a more flexible framework in which we can understand both the history and the philosophy of science in general.
Category: Philosophy


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ISBN : STANFORD:36105133537584
Genre : Museums
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Category: Museums

Talking Book Topics

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ISBN : WISC:89121897631
Genre : Talking books
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New York

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ISBN : NWU:35556038768628
Genre : New York (N.Y.)
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I Was Vermeer

Author : Frank Wynne
ISBN : 1608196550
Genre : True Crime
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Frank Wynne's remarkable book tells the story of Han van Meegeren, a paranoid, drug-addicted, second-rate painter whose Vermeer forgeries made him a secret superstar of the art world. During van Meegeren's heyday as a forger of Vermeers, he earned the equivalent of fifty million dollars, the acclaim of the world's press, and the satisfaction of swindling Hermann Göring himself, trading the Nazi commander one of his forgeries in exchange for the return of hundreds of looted Dutch paintings. But he was undone by his very success, thriving so noticeably during World War II that when it ended, he was arrested as a Nazi collaborator. His only defense was to admit that he himself had painted the Old Masters that had passed through his hands-a confession the public refused to believe, until, in a huge media event, the courts staged the public painting of what would be van Meegeren's last "Vermeer." I Was Vermeer is a gripping real-life mystery that exposes the life and techniques of the consummate art forger; the fascinating work of the experts who try to track down the fakes; and the collusion and ego in the art establishment that, even today, allow forgery to thrive. Wry, amoral, and plotted like a thriller, it is the first major book in forty years on this astonishing episode in history. Frank Wynne is a writer and award-winning literary translator. Born in Ireland, he has lived and worked in Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, and Buenos Aires, and currently lives in San José, Costa Rica. He has translated more than a dozen novels, among them the works of Michel Houellebecq, Frédéric Beigbeder, Pierre Mérot, and Ahmadou Kourouma. A journalist and broadcaster, he has written for the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Irish Times, Melody Maker, and Time Out.
Category: True Crime


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ISBN : STANFORD:36105114076883
Genre : High-fidelity sound systems
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The Publishers Weekly

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ISBN : UCSD:31822036343069
Genre : American literature
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Category: American literature

The Craft Of Forgery

Author : Henry Taylor Fowkes Rhodes
ISBN : WISC:89097119663
Genre : Forgery
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Category: Forgery

The Great Forgers

Author : Gerald Sparrow
ISBN : IND:39000007615193
Genre : Forgery
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Category: Forgery

The New Yorker

Author : Harold Wallace Ross
ISBN : NWU:35556038763843
Genre : American wit and humor
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The Rush

Author : Edward Dolnick
ISBN : 9780316280556
Genre : History
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A riveting portrait of the Gold Rush, by the award-winning author of Down the Great Unknown and The Forger's Spell. In the spring of 1848, rumors began to spread that gold had been discovered in a remote spot in the Sacramento Valley. A year later, newspaper headlines declared "Gold Fever!" as hundreds of thousands of men and women borrowed money, quit their jobs, and allowed themselves- for the first time ever-to imagine a future of ease and splendor. In THE RUSH, Edward Dolnick brilliantly recounts their treacherous westward journeys by wagon and on foot, and takes us to the frenzied gold fields and the rowdy cities that sprang from nothing to jam-packed chaos. With an enthralling cast of characters and scenes of unimaginable wealth and desperate ruin, THE RUSH is a fascinating-and rollicking-account of the greatest treasure hunt the world has ever seen.
Category: History

Identification Technologies

Author : George H. Warfel
ISBN : UCAL:B3919895
Genre : Law
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Information and techniques regarding recent technical developments in the field of personal identification are discussed in this volume for police, bank employees, and corporate security personnel. Personal identification is rapidly becoming a science performed by computers to identify persons using credit cards, employees reporting for work, and students using campus facilities. The use of check-cashing cards, gasoline and bank credit cards, the driver's license, and the nondriver's license is examined. Business or transaction identification, message authentication, police identification, and access control are considered along with such topics as the right to remain anonymous, the challenge of authority, reaction to fingerprints and identifying aliens. The identification process and basic methods of identification are highlighted, followed by details of a variety of specific systems such as latent fingerprints, automated fingerprint systems, and inkless graphic fingerprints. For instance, identification of voice characteristics entails knowledge of the requirements of a voice identification system, access control by voice, and stress analysis. Material concerning signatures and handwriting covers information on handwriting characteristics, disguised signatures and forgeries, and devices to aid signature comparison. In discussing identification cards, the volume explores such innovative subjects as cards with magnetic spots, areas, or stripes; cards with metallic slugs; infrared and ultraviolet encoded cards; optical (visual band) encoded cards; and proximity cards. Also considered are password management; encryption, codes, and ciphers; reversible and irreversible ciphers; passwords in shared-computer nets; and a new version of pin (personal identification number). Finally, discussion of identification by facial features includes computer recognition of faces and use of graphic aids. The text is augmented by numerous illustrations, sketches, charts, and chapter-by-chapter bibliographies. An index is provided.
Category: Law