How do experts tell the difference between authentic art and fakes? Many famous forgeries purchased by museums show us just how complicated frauds can be. In this course we will have an opportunity to play art detective with some actual art objects, learn some simple hands‐on techniques to create fakes, and discuss the history around the authentic and forged artworks.

We’ll examine how modern technologies can be used to uncover forgeries, such as the Rembrandt Research Project that identified nearly 100 fake Rembrandts in the 1980s. And, we will look at some famous forgers and how they managed to convince art experts that their fakes were real in a fascinating class about the grittier side of the art market.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the typical features of forged artworks
  • Explain the techniques that art forgers use in their practice
  • Examine forgeries as disruptions to the orderly operation of a global art market
  • Appreciate the aesthetic difference between a fake and a genuine work of art


Module 1: Crime and Forgery

Module 2: Uncovering the Latest Art Forgeries 

Module 3: Forgery Spotting

Module 4: "Won't Get Fooled Again..." and Avoiding Art Scams

Module 5: Art Forgery and Science

Module 6: Our Fascination with Forgery

Evaluation Method



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Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Total sessions 6

Course Reference Number (CRN) 91078

Instructor Barry Magrill


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