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Thursday 29 JUNE 2017, 17:00 – 17:45 PM BST

Hackforth-Jones explores the most compelling story of attribution and authentication in recent times. With a purported value of £100 million and a pivotal role in art history at stake, the potential of a previously undiscovered work by Leonardo da Vinci left the art world divided. This expert talk examines the role of both science and connoisseurship in relation to market imperatives and considers what has made this story run and run in both the art world press and the wider global media. Of interest to academics and art enthusiasts alike.

Speakers bio
Jos is an academic administrator, art historian, author, curator, and lecturer. She has a particular interest in intercultural issues and has published widely on art world subjects, including most recently co-editing Art Business Today: 20 Key Topics with Iain Robertson (Lund Humphries, 2016) and Art and Authenticity(co-edited with Megan Aldrich, Lund Humphries 2012). Hackforth-Jones has held a number of international research fellowships, organized colloquia and conferences, and lectured extensively. In 2007 she was lead curator of the exhibition, Between Worlds: Voyagers To Britain 1700–1850 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and edited its catalogue. Prior to her role as CEO at Sotheby's Institute of Art, Hackforth-Jones served as President and Provost at Richmond, The American International University in London.

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