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10 Wisest is Time: Ancient Vase Forgeries

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Forgery is significant because all forms of art, of whatever period, not only seek out but actively create their tradition and their ancestors. This is only to say that new art transforms and enriches with new features the image in our minds of work otherwise far from us in space and time. Almost every important forgery or group of forgeries and this accounts for their peculiar and special share in history of invented tradition casts a different light on, and, once recognized, opens new routes to understanding what is open to imitation in a historical period, style, master, or work, and also what is inimitable. This chapter briefs about six fake ancient vases in the Classical Antiquities Collection of Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, aims to give a modest illustration of this infinitely large and constantly increasing field, before wrapping up with a meditation on contemporary aspects of art forgery.

Keywords: ancient vases; Budapest Museum of Fine Arts; Classical Antiquities Collection; forgeries; historical period



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