Meegeren, Han van biographical name
(born Oct. 10, 1889, Deventer, Neth.died Dec. 30, 1947, Amsterdam) Dutch art forger. He forged at least 14 Old Masters and sold them at enormous profit; critics had hailed his Christ and the Disciples at Emmaus as a Johannes Vermeer masterpiece. His activities came to light after World War II, when a commission was established to restore to their owners artworks collected by Nazi leaders. Discovering a work purportedly by Vermeer among those amassed by Hermann Göring, the commission traced it to Meegeren. Charged with collaboration, he confessed. He died of a heart attack before his one-year sentence began.
Variants of MEEGEREN, HAN VAN
Meegeren, Han van orig. Henricus Antonius van Meegeren
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