Van Meegeren's faked Vermeers (TEFC)

Belgium, 1951

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Demonstrates the scientific methods used to prove Van Meegeren’s contention that he was the painter of works of art which had previously been accepted as genuine Vermeers by museums and art critics. Scientific instruments employeed include radio and X-ray appoaratus; also a chemical analysis of the materials used was taken. The film explains the reason for Van Meegerens faking of Vermeers works, and mentions his means of disposing of the pictures and the sentence passed on him. Adapted from Prof. P.B. Coreman’s book “Van Meegeren’s faked Vermeers and De Hooghs”.


production company

Sofida Films






Black and White

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Crafts & Visual Arts → Art - Belgium

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art - History

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art and science

Crafts & Visual Arts → Artists - Belgium

Crafts & Visual Arts → Painters - Belgium

Crafts & Visual Arts → Painting - Forgeries

Crafts & Visual Arts → Vermeer, Johannes, 1632-1675

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Fraud investigation


Literature → Film adaptations

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Art and science

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Scientific apparatus and instruments

People → Vermeer, Johannes, 1632-1675

Short films

Short films → Short films - Belgium




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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