The skill, planning, and access required to successfully dupe the art world easily captivates the public imagination. On today's show, we’ll explore the meticulous effort behind some of the greatest art frauds. And, few people realize the danger works of art can face while safely housed inside a museum – from docents.
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Anthony Amore is chief investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and author of Stealing Rembrandts and more recently, The Art of the Con: the Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries in the Art World.
When it comes to guiding patrons and tour groups, most museums supplement their professional staff with volunteer docents, but sometimes the free help is not so helpful. Ellen Gamerman wrote about “Docents Gone Wild” for the Wall Street Journal.
Carolyn Thome is an Exhibits Specialist Digital Model Maker for the Smithsonian institution. She spoke to us about how 3D printing is changing museums. We first read about her work from the Atlantic and you can check out a collection of 3D printed artifacts from the Smithsonian here!