Art: Bargain-Basement Masters?

A worried-looking man with a Hitler haircut marched into the prosecutor's office in the German city of Lübeck a fortnight ago, and told a story that made the cops gasp. His name: Lothar Malskat, 39, artist by trade, and one of the painters who restored the bomb-burned 13th and 14th century frescoes in Lübeck's Lutheran Church of St. Mary (TIME, Sept. 10, 1951). His trouble: he was an art forger and he wanted to confess his crimes. In the past few years, he said, he and another artist named Dietrich Fey, the boss of the St. Mary restoration job, had painted...

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