Art: True or False?

The Netherlands, which has produced some of the world's finest painters, has also produced some of the finest fakers of old masters. *Partly for fun and partly to show the public "what the essence of a work of art is," Amsterdam's experts decided two years ago to stage a "Fake and Genuine" exhibition. The Municipal Museum began collecting as many fake paintings as it could find.

Borrowing fake pictures turned out to be a difficult task. Many collectors were too shy to lend the gold bricks they had bought. Some refused to admit owning...

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