Authentication and Attribution: Provenance Proof and the Art Market with Curator Dr. Thomas Dalla Costa

Authentication and Attribution: Provenance Proof and the Art Market with Curator Dr. Thomas Dalla Costa


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The art market is one of the most fascinating and lucrative world businesses. Art sales cross borders globally – accompanied by various forms of documentation, certificates of authenticity, provenance, and statements about who the artist is. However, none of these documents are worth a thing unless they are authored by recognized authorities on the artists in question, or can be validated in other ways.
Industry-wide concerns have particularly pervasive with "attributed" art, and in these terms, an “attributed” should never be confused with an authentication. Within the marketplace, an authentic artwork is always going to be worth considerably more than an attributed.
At any point in a work of art's history, its authenticity can come into question. To avoid this, art is accompanied by documentation that confirms its authenticity mainly through its provenance. Good ownership history leaves no doubt that a work of art is genuine and by the artist who it is stated to be by or whose signature it bears. Which skills a recognized authority needs to be able to attribute, authenticate, and research the provenance of an artwork? As we shall see, attributing or authenticating an artwork requires time, hard work, and years of study.
Led by an Art Historian and Curator who is an expert in Venetian Renaissance Art, this conversation will guide participants into the inner workings of the art industry – the attribution, evaluation, and authentication of artworks. Design to inform curiosity as well as stimulate further travels and museum visits, participants will come away with an increased awareness of the underlying dynamics of ethical collecting across the global art market and the museum sector. 
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Thomas Dalla Costa holds a PhD in Art History from Verona University. He is a specialist in Italian Renaissance Art, in particular on Sixteenth-century Venetian paintings and drawings. In 2014 he was Assistant Curator for the exhibition ""Paolo Veronese. L’illusione della realtà"" (held in Verona, July-October 2014). In 2015 he was Post-doctoral Researcher at Verona University, with a project on Titian’s celebrated series of Venus and Adonis. The outcome of this research has been recently published in a book (Venice, April 2019). As a Research Fellow for Save Venice Inc., he edited a book on Jacopo Tintoretto (Venice, 2018), and contributed to the research for the exhibition ""Tintoretto 1519-2019"" (Venice, September 2018-January 2019) and ""Tintoretto. Artist of Renaissance Venice"" (Washington, March-July 2019). In 2017 Thomas curated the exhibition ""Venezia Rinascimento: Tiziano, Tintoretto, Veronese"" (Moscow, June-August 2018). Between February 2019 and December 2020 he was Curatorial Fellow at the National Gallery in London, where he assisted the curator of the exhibition ""Titian. Love, Desire, Death"" (March-December 2020). He has published a number of articles on Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese’s workshop. He has a strong interest in the artists’ creative process, and the pivotal role of drawings to Venetian Renaissance workshops.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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This was very interesting as it covered concepts I had heard about, but never really had much detail about. Dr. Costa made what could have been a relatively dry subject quite interesting, particularly by adding his personal experience in some of these matters.