In the 1920s, Johannes Vermeer was a newly discovered master whose genius was appreciated, but whose known oeuvre remained extremely small. In the eagerness to learn more about the artist and his work, and to expand his oeuvre beyond the few securely attributed
paintings, many scholars uncritically accepted works that suddenly appeared in the art market. One man who took advantage of this situation was the master forger, Han Van Meegeren. Join Barbara Evans for an exploration of this forger’s art, his relationship with Herman Goering, and the two fake Vermeers at the National Gallery of Art.