"I'm not sure. Maybe it is a real
painting by Leonardo DaVinci..."
An article in The New York Times explains why art scholars are afraid to say whether a work of art is real or fake:
As spectacular sums flow through the art market and an expert verdict can make or destroy a fortune, several high-profile legal cases have pushed scholars to censor themselves for fear of becoming entangled in lawsuits...Read the article: In Art, Freedom of Expression Doesn’t Extend to ‘Is It Real?’ The New York Times>>
While some argue the fear is overblown, others warn the growing reluctance to speak publicly about authenticity could keep forgeries and misattributed works in circulation while permitting newly discovered works to go unrecognized.
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