Behind the Scenes of the Art World – Thursday 10th March 2016

By  David Phillips

Three lectures:

The Secret Surface: How time and conservation transforms the appearance of paintings.

We learn of the damage done by time and conservation, about discolouring and cracking and why details painted out by artists mysteriously reappear with time.

Fine Art Forgery: Craftsmanship or Conjuring Trick?

Replicating the physical characteristics of old works of art and playing on the psychology of the viewer. Careful connoisseurs consider all the scientific and technical evidence but this can be faked as readily as the art works.

Who says?: Can we trust the experts on good and bad in art?

It seems not always. We take a critical look at the experts  and whether they have been acting in good faith in giving their opinions.

These three lectures will suely prove to be both fascinating and informative.