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Authenticity: Overview

Resources about the concept of authenticity and the process of authentication.

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This guide lists resources for studying the following areas:

  • concepts of authenticity
  • authentication by provenance
  • authentication by connoisseurship
  • authentication by technical analysis
  • forgery
  • conservation and authenticity


Summon is usually the best starting point for finding articles, books and dissertations. 


You may also want to run supplementary searches in two other databases:


Sales catalogues may contain much relevant material, as auction houses are eager to make the case for attributions as credibly as possible.  They may include provenance information, summaries of connoisseurs' conclusions, and reports of technical analyses: though of course they be selective with regard to the latter two. 

Oxford University Press offers several useful resources: