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The Art Forgers Handbook Paperback – 31 Oct 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press; Reprint edition (31 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585676268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585676262
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,327,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Eric Hebborn, unfortunately now deceased, has nearly let us have the full picture, with his last book. Many of the secrets required to execute these works are inherant in the individual. By that I mean if you are a competent draftsperson, you are more than halfway there. The ability to draw is of vital importance and no amount of technical knowledge will compensate you for lack of Artistic skill.However, he provides us with the basics to create a 'decorative fake'. If you intend to pit your skills against an expert, then you will need a little more than he gives us.Like the equally famous Tom Keating, he quotes chunks of Max Doerner, a German Art Historian, who wrote a difinitive work in the 1930's. Little of the technical 'stuff' is his own.He keeps that well hidden, such as recipies for the ink, the size for the paper and gesso for the canvas etc. He tells us that particular colours were not available to the Old Masters and some that were are not available today, he sujjests ways in which we might avoid or disguise their lack of use. In fact these pigments are available.Today in Florence one can buy all the pigments and materials that were available to Leonardo da Vinci. That said, one still needs to know how to simulate the ageing process.Eric leaves us with little more than a vague cocktail of oil paints, resins and varnishes which are then baked for around 30 minutes to 120 minutes depending on which chapter you read! The answers are out there for the enquiring mind and this book is a vital stepping stone for the individual intent on seeking the knowledge. The alternative thrust of the book of course, as befits the man's entire persona was to thumb his nose at the Art establishment. This he does superbly well.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Fun to read but not to be taken seriously, by that I mean your not going to become a great forger just by reading this book. However you will learn of some of the techniques used by one of the world greatest forgers.
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book from an interest in the practical side of old masterly techniques, but it would be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in the art world. It is an excellent read, written with audacity and wit - I chuckled aloud many times. Included is a wealth of information on topics such as where to seek out genuinely old paper (and how to fake it if you can't!) It is also packed with amusing anecdotes and advice on how to navigate the world of dealers and auction houses.
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By A Customer on 14 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
An excellent read! All you need to know about the techniques employed, recipes, etc. What I don't understand is why the sellers are asking such an extortionate price for a book that is available elsewhere for less than £30.(and worth every penny)
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speedy service. Good quality book.
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