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But whereas with relics it’s the saint that matters, not the bone that stands for him, I think we value artworks less for the things and moments to which they link us, than for the very fact that they are linked to the past at all, for their basic and simple status as authentic links. We love them as truth-telling objects, as much as for the truths they convey about the past. Conversely, it’s the sheer inauthenticity of fakes that we hate about them – we hate fakes for their lies, not their looks.
Ibid. 44. See for example § 199 III 2. Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (German Civil Code). 45. Michael Kohler, “Sammlung Jägers” Art – Das Kunstmagazin (28 September 2011). 46. Ibid. 47. Helene und Wolfgang Beltracchi, Selbstporträt (Rowohlt 2014) p. 231. 48. Arne Birkenstock, Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery (Senator Film 2014). 49. Verena Paul, “Besprechung im Doppelpack: Die Autobiograﬁe und die Gefängnisbriefe von Helene und Wolfgang Beltracchi, erschienen im Rowohlt Verlag 2014” Portal Kunst-geschichte (10 November 2014).
While we tend to think that ﬁnding a ﬁngerprint is cut and dried evidence of someone’s presence (at a crime scene or in making a work of art), Cole shows that even experts consider it much more subjective than we might believe, more akin to an art expert’s fallible estimation of who made a given painting than a hard-edged, objective fact. Indeed, as he states, “virtually all legal scholars and forensic scholars now agree that all forensic evidence is inherently probabilistic,” which will come as a surprise to many viewers of CSI and the like.
Art Crime: Terrorists, Tomb Raiders, Forgers and Thieves by Noah Charney