Forgeries of greater and lesser works of art and antiquities - to be shown in an exhibition at London's British Museum - Feb 2 - were filmed at a preview, Feb 1.
GV British Museum
CU Name 'British Museum'
GV INT.. of exhibition
SV of forged painting by Van Meegeren
SV of forged letter by W. Shakespeare
CU TILT DOWN.. of letter
SV Man holds "mermaid"
CU of head
SV of "mermaid" and X-ray
SV Figures on sarcophagus
CU PAN.. of both figures
SV INT.. of exhibition
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Background: Forgeries of greater and lesser works of art and antiquities - to be shown in an exhibition at London's British Museum - Feb 2 - were filmed at a preview, Feb 1.
One of the more recent art forgeries on show is a painting by Van Meegeren, copied about 1940 from an original by the Dutch painter Dirk Van Baburon (1570-1625) and bearing the "original" signature.
A letter from William Shakespeare to the Earl of Southampton was exposed in 1796 as a forgery by William Henry Ireland.
Two "mermaids" were found to be constructed out of the upper body of a monkey and the tail of a fish. For centuries, people believed in the existence of such creatures and in the genuineness of this "evidence". Modern X-rays show the wires holding the fakes together.
Finally, an "ancient" sarcophagus, thought to have come from Ceveteri, the classical Caere. It was bought in 1873 and banned from the Museum in 1936, when it was found to be a fake by Pietro and Enrico Penelli, who worked as restorers of antiquities in Rome.