British Gallery Displays Botched Works Of Art

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The National Gallery in London has a new show that spotlights the work of its science lab. More precisely, the paintings the lab discovered that were not masterpieces. The lab unmasked fake Rembrandts, Botticellis and others

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

The National Gallery in London is showing off some of its biggest mistakes. It has a new show that spotlights the work of its science lab, and what that lab has discovered, over the decades, about paintings thought to be masterpieces. Using X-rays, infrared photos and other techniques, the lab has unmasked fake Rembrandts and Botticellis. Scientists also peeked beneath the portrait of a demure young Victorian and found another painting of a 16th century wench.

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