Van Meegeren’s Fake Vermeer’s

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VermeerForgers, by nature, prefer anonymity and therefore are rarely remembered. An exception is Han van Meegeren (1889-1947). Van Meegeren’s story is absolutely unique and may be justly considered the most dramatic art scam of the 20th century.

In 1937, Abraham Bredius (one of the most authoritative art historians who had dedicated a great part of his life to the study of Vermeer) was approached by a lawyer who claimed to be the trustee of a Dutch family estate in order to have him look at a rather large painting of a Christ and the Disciples at Emmaus. Shortly after having viewed the painting, the 83 year old art historian wrote an article in the Burlington Magazine, the „art bible“ of the times, in which he stated, „It is a wonderful moment in the life of a lover of art when he finds himself suddenly confronted with a hitherto unknown painting by a great master, untouched, on the original canvas, and without any restoration, just as it left the painter’s studio! And what a picture! Neither the beautiful signature „I. V. M. in monogram) nor the pointillés on the bread of the Christ is blessing, is necessary to that we have a – I am inclined to say the masterpiece of Johannes Vermeer of Delft….“

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Ströme meines Ozeans

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Ströme meines Ozeans

ISBN 978-3-8476-2105-8

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