Neglected Art (03:14)
Dealers do not assess whether art is good or bad, only if it will increase in value. Eric Hebborn lives and works in Anticoli Corrado, a medieval hilltop village. Dr. Christopher White explains what draws individuals to study preparatory drawings of Renaissance master painters. (Credits)
Forging Masters (03:21)
It is hard to convince experts that Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, or Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn's drawings are authentic. Hebborn focuses on Stefano Della Bella, Peter Paul Rubens, and Anthony van Dyck. A forgery is not bad but incorrectly described.
First Forgery (03:57)
Hebborn explains how buying a piece of forged art inspired him to make copies of a Jan Brueghel drawing. The Metropolitan Museum of Art claims it could be authentic.
Parmigianino Drawing (04:58)
Oak gall ink is the kind of ink Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola used in the 16th Century. Hebborn describes setting fire to his school when he was a child.
Studying Art (05:30)
Contemporaries at the Royal Academy of Art include Paul Huxley, Karen Ray, and John Hoyland. Hebborn claims he drew the Giovanni Battista Piranesi artwork sold by Hans Calmann to the National Gallery of Denmark.
Uncorrectable Mistakes (05:02)
Hebborn describes making a drawing in the style of Nicholas Poussin. The forger discusses his relationship with Sir Anthony Blunt.
Colnaghi and Company Press Release (02:55)
In 1978, the art dealers acknowledge that a number of the drawings sold in the past decade are forgeries. Work includes a purported study for "Christ Crowned with Thorns" by Antony Van Dyck. The drawing, owned by the British Museum, is now correctly attributed to Hebborn.
Deceived Dealers and Patrons (05:42)
Hebborn claims to have forged 80 drawings attributed to Augustus John. Julien Stock explains how Sotheby's mistook work for Francesco del Cossa and Jan Brueghel. If a figure is in pentimenti, experts tend to believe the work is authentic.
Period Paper (03:59)
Hebborn draws on blank flyleaves purchased from antiquarian book shops. In 1985, Gallerie Salamon Agustoni Algranti attributes an artwork to Antonio di Puccio Pisano that was manufactured by the forger. Drawings bear stamps of previous owners.
Earning Income (06:22)
Hebborn makes a living as an artist in his own right. Art dealers do not mind selling forgeries if someone is foolish enough to purchase it. In 1990, Christie's sells a drawing attributed to Giuseppe Castiglione that Hebborn claims is a forgery.
Current Work (03:04)
Hebborn continues to improve as he ages. Artists are closer to the creative process when drawing. Individuals should enjoy art and not focus on attributions.
Credits: Eric Hebborn - Portrait of a Master Forger (00:40)
Credits: Eric Hebborn - Portrait of a Master Forger
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