British Museums Swap Masterpieces for Fake Art
Can you spot the fraud?
Tourists travel thousands of miles to see famous pieces of artwork, but would you be able to spot a fake?
That’s what a British television show is asking by putting bogus masterpieces and seeing if museum visitors can identify them.
“Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge” is secretly replacing famous paintings in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, National Museum Cardiff, Guildhall Art Gallery in London, Manchester Art Gallery, the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Wirral, and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
For a month, travelers will be able to visit the galleries and enter into a contest to guess which pieces are frauds.
“You don’t have to be an art historian to have a go at this,” said Phil Edgar-Jones, the director of Sky Arts, in a statement. “All you need is a sense of curiosity and an eye for detail.”
The top winner will be rewarded with a commissioned copy of a British masterpiece, valued up to $6,500.
“We wanted to tell the story of British art with a sense of fun,” said Edgar-Jones, “and in a way that would encourage us all to take a closer and more critical look at the works of great British artists.”