Friday, December 30, 2016

Han van Meegeren

It seems appropriate that, as we end this year with the prospect of dealing for four years, with one of the most unethical men ever elected to the presidency, that today is also the birthday of another unethical forger.

Except that Han van Meegeren did not cause bodily harm, unlike what is coming at us with the force of a tsumani

December 30, 1947. Han van Meegeren (10 October 1889 in Deventer, Overijssel - 30 December 1947 in Amsterdam), born Henricus Antonius van Meegeren, was a Dutch painter and portraitist and is considered to be one of the most ingenious art forgers of the 20th century. In this image: 57 yr old Dutch painter Han van Meegeren, left, seen in the defendants box before the Amsterdam court, Oct., 1947, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Van Meegeren is charged with fraud for faking pix of the old masters Vermeer and Pieter De Hooch, signed them, and sold them for Approx $700,000. From left to right: Van Meegeren, an X-Ray screen to prove falsifications, and public prosecutor Dr. H. Wassenbergh. In the rear is The Last Supper.

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