On Connoisseurship and Reason in the Authentication of Art
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Forty years ago, in a quiet Swiss resort, police impounded a collection of paintings, many attributed to Van Gogh. The scandal sent one man to prison and another, ruined, to an early grave. That cause celebre provides the starting point for this lavishly illustrated history of connoisseurship. Tracing the development of a body of expert opinion, it asks searching questions about who decides the authenticity of a work of art, and on what grounds.