National Gallery Announces Exhibition of Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries


Botticelli Pretender - "An Allegory", about 1490 - 1550 by a Follower of Sandro Botticelli. - © National Gallery, London.

LONDON.- The first major exhibition of its kind,
Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries celebrates the remarkable
collaboration of scientists, conservators and art historians at the National
Gallery. The National Gallery’s Scientific Department was founded in 1934 and
has become a world leader in the study of the materials and techniques of
Western European paintings.
Today, the department works ever more
closely with curators and conservators to investigate the physical
characteristics of works in the collection and to protect paintings for the
future. On exhibition 30 June through 12