May 28, 2009
(sorry, couldn’t resist pun)
Just spotted (via James Wallis) this New York Times article – one of a series of seven about how people allow themselves to be fooled. This part cites the case of the infamous second world war forger Han Van Meegeren, who managed to fool Nazis, the art world and all sorts of other people with his clever forgeries of Vermeer works in the early part of last century.
The article references two books from last year about the forger and his story: Edward Dolnick’s The Forger’s Spell and Jonathan Lopez’s The Man Who Made Vermeers.
While I’m sure these are both excellent works, it would be remiss of me not to point out that an earlier biography also exists and is well worth a read (as reviewed in the Observer here) – I was Vermeer: the forger who swindled the Nazis by my good friend (and former colleague) Mr Frank Wynne.