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CSDA/CCAD is very excited to be a proud member of the CNE Association. This year the CSDA will be at the CNE and invite you  come on by and say hello and bring a friend to our booth #4517 on Friday, September 2 at the Enercare Centre (Heritage Court - 100 Princes' Blvd Unit 1). Members of the CSDA will receive a reduced fee on tickets to the  CNE. For more details register HERE on Eventbrite so we can send you a special Corporate Promo code to attend.  See you at the Ex!

CSDA Sundays: Han Van Meegeren and the Greatest Art Fraud of the 20th Century

In the 1930s and 1940s, Dutch artist Han Van Meegeren created fake paintings of Golden Age works by Pieter de Hooch, Frans Hals, and others. His most famous deceptions were interpretations of Johannes Vermeer paintings. Had his crimes not been exposed, his efforts would have corrupted our understanding of 17th-century art. In this illustrated presentation, we will explore how Van Meegeren made his fakes and fooled the experts for a time, as well as consider larger meanings associated with questions of authenticity.

Join us for a fascinating online presentation and Q&A with Dr. Carl Benn on Han Van Meegeren and the Greatest Art Fraud of the 20th Century.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Event time: 3PM (EDT)

Register on Eventbrite (Non-member $10)  HERE


Before coming to Ryerson (now Toronto Metropolitan University) in 2008, Dr. Carl Benn worked in the museum field for 34 years, where he fulfilled senior curatorial duties, restored historical properties, curated exhibits, and produced other public resources. Carl has published extensively, including six history books, the most recent being A Mohawk Memoir from the War of 1812. His current book project is a history of the Royal Ontario Museum. Carl’s teaching at Toronto Met focuses on museum studies, material culture, and archaeology.

Images: Which painting is by Frans Hals, 1629-30, and which is by Han Van Meegeren, 1935-36?


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