Saturday, May 9, 2009
Is THIS the Most Famous Fake of All Time?
According to a Swiss art historian, the iconic bust of Queen Nefertiti (shown above) may be nothing but a modern fake!
Henri Stierlin's latest book claims that in 1912, a German archaeologist asked an artist to create the bust. The poor man never intended to perpetrate a hoax--he merely wanted to test some ancient pigments he'd uncovered at a dig. But when the work was praised by a German prince, the archaeologist couldn't bring himself to embarrass his guest by exposing the bust as a fake. As a result, Nefertiti ended up in a Berlin museum alongside a plaque that gave her age as 3,400 years old.
This is an astounding theory! The bust only recently underwent a series of scientific tests, which supposedly found a more "realistic" portrait of the queen hidden beneath the glamorous plaster exterior.
Read more here.