Art: Confessions of a Museum

In all its long and stodgy history, the British Museum had rarely put on such a smashing show. There was something for every taste—Bronze Age jewelry, Persian miniatures, African masks, Dresden porcelain, drawings by the top Renaissance masters. But it was not the art that brought the public streaming in. The objects were the museum's most painful mistakes: fakes that had cost the museum dear in pounds and embarrassment.

A year ago, appalled by the number of fraudulent Turner water colors that were cropping up in London, the museum's keeper of prints and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!