UK Art Honcho: We Need More Fakes

Could be due to planned imitation exhibition, of course
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2009 2:53 PM CDT
This photo released by the National Gallery of Victoria shows a painting wrongly attributed to Vincent Van Gogh for more than 70 years. The painting was revealed as a fake in 2007.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The head of London’s National Gallery wishes “we had more fakes,” he tells Reuters. “It’s worth having some in a collection. Not having them on display for what they pretend to be, but for what they are,” Nicholas Penny explains ahead of a 2010 show exploring imitations. In the Gallery’s actual collection, there are probably few fakes—but, Penny adds, “you don’t know for certain.”