This art forgery expert explains one of the tiny details he notices which reveal whether a painting is authentic or not: “The works were full of striking, scrupulous detail. On Jerome’s arm, for example, dozens of faint horizontal cracks have appeared; every so often, a clean, vertical split intersects them. In French canvases from the 18th century, cracks in paint tend to develop like spider webs; in Flemish panels, like tree bark. In Italian paintings of the Renaissance, the patterns resemble rows of untidy brickwork. On the Saint Jerome, the cracks match perfectly” (Samanth Subramanian, “How to Spot a Perfect Fake: The World’s Top Art Forgery Detective,” The Guardian, June 15, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jun/15/how-to-spot-a-perfect-fake-the-worlds-top-art-forgery-detective). Do we know Jesus’s teachings well enough to spot a fake?
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