Last year it was reported that an exhibition of paintings by Modigliani at Genoa’s Palazzo Ducale included a number of dubious works. Now, the experts have provided proof that all but one of the paintings are forgeries.
According to an article in The Telegraph:
Marc Restellini, a French expert on Modigliani, said: “It is indisputable that the works are fakes and I have presented the proof. I’ve given all the information in my possession to the Carabinieri in order to explain how this counterfeiting system works.”
Three people are now under investigation for the alleged fakes, including Rudy Chiappini, the curator of the art exhibition, and Joseph Guttmann, a Hungarian art dealer who owns 11 of the works.
The paintings are being held by a specialist art fraud unit of the Carabinieri paramilitary police, who are trying to establish who may have created the paintings.
Modigliani is one of the most forged artists of the 20th century and as prices continue to rise, I am sure we will see more of this. In this case, at least one of the owner’s will be happy that theirs is the real thing!