Past Exhibitions

Faked, Forgotten, Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated

June 28, 2014 – September 15, 2014


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Modern technology—from X-rays to Photoshop—is not restricted to “CSI”-style crime labs.

Faked, Forgotten, Found showcases conservators’ forensic analysis of five Renaissance paintings in the museum’s collection that have undergone significant scientific analysis and conservation. The discoveries about each work are presented through extensive multimedia documentation, highlighting a fascinating but little-seen aspect of museum practice. Learn how curators and conservators discovered a portrait of Isabella de' Medici attributed to Alessandro Allori beneath the surface of a work repainted in the 19th century, or how to tell the museum’s genuine painting by Francesco Francia of the Virgin and Child apart from later imitations and copies. The exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes perspective on the intersection of art and science taking place in the museum every day. 

This exhibition is organized by Lulu Lippincott, curator of fine arts, and Ellen Baxter, chief conservator.

Drop-in Tours:
Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., through September 15.  



Exhibition Credits

Support for Faked, Forgotten, Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated has been provided by The Kaufman Endowment, Bernard and Barbara Mars Works on Paper Art Exhibition Endowment, Henry Gailliot Exhibitions Endowment, Alexander C. & Tillie S. Speyer Fund, Gailliot Family Foundation and Huntington National Bank. General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.