Van Meegeren’s Fake Vermeers
A Film by Han Wessels, Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen
2010, 12 minutes 37 seconds
In this film, Friso Lammerste, curator at the Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen, discusses how the museum acquired several works by Van Meegeren originally thought to be Vermeers and how Van Meegern was ultimately exposed as a forger through period news clips and archival newsreel footage of Van Meegeren during his trial in 1947. Video courtesy of the Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen.
Excerpt from Fake or Fortune?: Van Meegeren
Series 1, Episode 3
BBC One Production
2011, 1 minute 8 seconds
In this excerpt from the popular BBC television series Fake or Fortune?, journalist Fiona Bruce and art expert Philip Mould investigate whether The Procuress is a forgery by the hand of Han van Meegeren or whether it is, in fact, a 17th century work of art. Their research takes them to forensic laboratories to uncover the truth behind this painting that has been at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London since 1960. An analysis of the paint revealed Bakelite, the early form of plastic that only Van Meegeren is known to have used to mimic aged oil paint.
Excerpt from Science of Telling a Real Painting from a Fake!
Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming
2011, 36 seconds
In this film excerpt, Beverly Perkins, conservator at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, demonstrates how a handheld x-ray flourescent (XRF) spectrometer is used to analyze and determine the elemental components of a painting. Video courtesy of The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming.
Elmyr, The True Picture?
BBC Productions and French Television
1970, 45 minutes 10 seconds
Collection of Mark Forgy
In this very personal footage, de Hory is interviewd in his home on the island of Ibiza and gives an account of how his forgery career inadvertently began. He is seen proudly demonstrating his talent for forgery by creating a drawing in the style of Matisse and another in the style of Picasso. Film courtesy of Mark Forgy.
Excerpt from Eric Hebborn: Portrait of a Master Forger
1991, 44 seconds
In this excerpt from Eric Hebborn: Portrait of a Master Forger presented on Omnibus, an arts-based BBC television documentary series, Hebborn demonstrates his drawing technique in the style of an Old Master. He is seen trying to excuse his behavior, blaming the art market and its experts for his successful forgery career.
The Art of the Con: An Ex-Art Forger Tells All
2013, 2 minutes 31 seconds
Myatt is interviewed in his studio in Birmingham, England, and describes how his forgery career began. His “big mistake” ultimately led to a criminal prosecution and a prison sentence. He demonstrates his technique for fooling the experts, which incredibly did not include the use of authentic materials.
Mark Landis interviewed by Colette Loll, filmed in connection with the documentary Art and Craft
Purple Parrot Films, LLC
Directed and produced by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman
Edited by Mark Becker
2012, 2 minutes 53 seconds
In this film excerpt, Intent to Deceive curator Colette Loll interviews Mark Landis in his home in Louisiana where he shows her a collection of fakes he has produced and tries to explain his “hobby.” It is an intimate look into the troubled psyche of a man battling mental illness and a compulsive disorder.