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HOW TO RECOGNIZE A FAKE? Copy or Original: Raphael?

Category: Artwork 29. December 2020

A facsimile is a copy that reproduces the original as faithfully as possible. For curators – especially those who specialize in Old Master art – the question of whether a work is an original or a facsimile is often not so easy to answer.

It takes a precise knowledge of an artist's working methods, of his oeuvre as a whole, but also a trained eye to spot the subtle differences, because there are differences, as Achim Gnann, curator at the Albertina and expert on Italian art from the 15th to 19th century, shows us.

He has taken two works by Raphael – that Italian master of the High Renaissance – from the Albertina archives and analyzes them for us, because one of them, you guessed it, is a copy. But which one?

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