The Man Who Cheated Hermann Goering | Quazen
Hermann Goering was the number two in Nazi Germany. He was an avid collector of (mostly stolen) art. But sometimes he bought art (with stolen money). But one of the pictures he bought was so cunningly falsified it almost cost its creator his head.
by Lucas Dié
In 1938, Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen revealed a major sensation: They had been able to acquire the newly rediscovered painting Christ And The Disciples In Emmaus by Jan Vermeer (1632 to 1675). Vermeer is one of the best known painters of the Dutch Baroque period; one of his best known paintings is The Girl With A Pearl Earring. Previously, only 37 paintings by Vermeer had been authenticated but with this new discovery that all changed drastically.
When Abraham Bredius acknowledged the painting as one of Vermeer’s masterpieces, the name and the fortune of art dealer Han van Meegeren were made. Musem Boijmans Van Beunigen entered into a bidding war with the Rijksmusem and paid the then staggering sum of 540,000 Dutch Guilders for the painting. And Han van Meegeren went in search of more lost masterpieces of Vermeer.