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Tempted by an art forger

March 12, 2014 --

book-artforgererBook reveiw by Michelle Barnhart,

Review of “The Art Forger” by B. A. Shapiro. Published 2012 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

It isn’t a crime to paint a copy of the Mona Lisa. It’s only a crime if you paint a copy of the Mona Lisa and then sell it as Da Vinci’s own work.

Claire Roth is an artist who makes a bare living painting and selling very good reproductions of famous works of art. She would much rather make a living selling her own original work, but she’s been black balled by the Boston art scene. But at the start of the novel, a gallery owner offers her a deal even the Devil would think twice about: create a forgery of a stolen painting for a buyer he knows, and he’ll stage a one-woman show of her paintings at her gallery, plus pay her handsomely.

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