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Thomas Hoving, Former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dies at 78

Thomas Hoving (Photo by Fred R. Conrad)

Thomas Hoving (Photo by Fred R. Conrad)

Dallas Art News is saddened by the passing of Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Mr. Hoving was 78.

Mr. Hoving was more than just a museum director, he was also author of two successful books about his experiences at the Met: Making the Mummies Dance (1994) and False Impressions: The Hunt for Big-Time Art Fakes (1997). Both books give a behind the scenes look at a major museum.

Our fondness for Mr. Hoving comes primarily from his second book, False Impressions. We are very interested in the enigmas surrounding art including high prices, theft and forgery.

“Before reading False Impressions, I only considered forgeries to be paintings and drawings,” said Michael Roman, managing editor of Dallas Art News. “Afterward, I realize a forgery could be anything.”

Thank you, Mr. Hoving.

Other Forgery Books

Dallas Art News recommends the following books on forgery:

  • The Art Forgers Handbook by Eric Hebborn
  • False Impression: The Hunt for Big-Time Art Fakes by Thomas Hoving
  • The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century by Edward Dolnick

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