Consider yourself to be a lover of art? Here's a test for you. Or rather just the all important answer. Earlier this year, the Dulwich Picture Gallery replaced one of its 240 paintings with a fake and until now visitors have been trying to guess which one it is.
The replica was made in China - and was a very close match to an 18th Century old master. And now, the fake has been revealed.
Around 3,000 visitors vote. Only 10% got it right. It was Jean-Honore Fragonard's 18th Century old master 'Young Woman'. The replica is on the left, the original on the right.
It has been amazing to see our visitor numbers quadruple in the last three months as enthusiastic ‘connoisseurs’ took up the challenge of identifying a Chinese replica among our permanent collection.
Never before have I seen so many people actively looking at each painting. Now Fragonard’s portrait of a young woman has returned to the gallery walls and hangs alongside its modern companion.
The visual exercise of comparing and contrasting will demonstrate how exciting it is to engage with an original work of art, but also marvel at the skill of a modern copyist working 5,000 miles away.
Curator’s tip: focus on the virtuoso daubs and dabs that define the intricate lace and costume and decide for yourself how successfully the copyist replicates an extraordinary sense of originality!
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