Some 21 paintings supposedly by Amedeo Modigliani have been seized; three people are under investigation
Authorities in Genoa have seized 21 artworks supposedly authored by Amedeo Modigliani, after suspicions were raised that they were fakes. Earlier this week, the foundation sponsoring the exhibition at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa decided to close the show three days earlier than planned to cooperate with the investigation. “They did the right thing. This was absolutely shameful,” said Carlo Pepi, the 79-year-old Tuscan art critic and collector who alerted authorities about the suspected fraud. “A Michelangelo is a Michelangelo. A Picasso is a Picasso. But when a painting is a fake, it is missing its soul, and these were missing that three dimensional elegance of Modigliani - even a child could see these were crude fakes,” he told the Telegraph.