This practice was generally considered a tribute, not forgery, although some of these copies have later erroneously been attributed to the master.
Following the Renaissance, the increasing prosperity of the middle class created a fierce demand for art.
A City on a Rock, long attributed to Goya, is now thought to have been painted by the 19th-century forger Eugenic Lucas.
Elements of the painting appear to have been copied from autographed works by Goya, and the painting is therefore classified as a pastiche. Art forgery is the creating and selling of works of art which are falsely credited to other, usually more famous artists.
The Shroud of Turin – the purported burial cloth of Jesus which contains the faint image of a crucified man – was the subject of intense scientific examination in the mid 1980s. For most, this was all the proof they needed to conclude that the shroud was a medieval forgery.