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Some paintings are made with deliberate intent to deceive. Commonly known as forgeries, these are works that have been falsely presented as the product of another artist or time.

Some fakes are extraordinarily sophisticated and require thorough scientific analysis to unlock their secrets. Others were originally made as honest imitations of another artist’s work, but have subsequently been altered or misrepresented.

Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries reveals some of the secrets behind National Gallery paintings. 

Uncover some intriguing tales of deception and deceit uncovered through close examination:

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    Is this mysterious work a Renaissance original or a clever fake?
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    Follow the story of this sophisticated 20th-century forgery
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    What new light can scientific investigation shed on this Venetian view?
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    Find out about the unmasking of an 18th-century copy
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    Uncover the complex origins of this 16th-century work
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    Is this Madonna an authentic Botticelli or a skilful forgery?