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Published: Monday, 4/11/2011

Detroit exhibit nearing end

In the gallery on forgeries, a painting titled "A Female Saint", left, that once was attributed to Italian artist Sandro Botticelli is exhibited alongside "The Resurrected Christ," right, a Botticelli painting from around 1480. The display invites visitors to compare the works, looking to details such as brushstrokes that were clues to museum curators.at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit. In the gallery on forgeries, a painting titled "A Female Saint", left, that once was attributed to Italian artist Sandro Botticelli is exhibited alongside "The Resurrected Christ," right, a Botticelli painting from around 1480. The display invites visitors to compare the works, looking to details such as brushstrokes that were clues to museum curators.at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit.
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DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts' exhibit dedicated in part to forgery is coming to an end after a 4½-month run.

"Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries" began Nov. 21 and runs through Sunday. It explains the science and research behind figuring out whether works are authentic

The show includes about 60 artworks and highlights mistakes and other discoveries made over the years about pieces of the museum's extensive collection.

The exhibit draws on the experience and work of the museum's own experts.

One gallery displays works once thought to be authentic but later found to be copies or stylistic replicas. Another section shows forgeries made to deceive. And another focuses on puzzles that remain about certain works.



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