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Identity Theft: How a Cropsey Became a Gifford

New books arrive to the recent acquisitions table in the reading room every week. Ingalls Library catalogers take special care to annotate new volumes that feature Cleveland Museum of Art objects. As such, the Museum's painting by Jasper Francis Cropsey, Mount Washington New Hampshire, plays a supporting roll in the slim new exhibition catalog, Identity Theft: How a Cropsey Became a Gifford. Jump to no conclusions, the exhibition does not dispute the authorship of our painting. Rather it traces the re-attribution of a work in the Mint Museum. Our Museum's Cropsey depicts a similar vista, but provides further visual proof to the debate. It is a fascinating and quick read, sure to illuminate the process of Museum work. Interestingly the introduction references two titles from our book club, Jonathan Lopez's The Man Who Made Vermeers and Laney Salisbury's and Aly Sujo's Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art. We hosted the author of the former last fall in a spirited discussion of his work. And the latter is the title for this month's book talk. As Identity Theft notes, this topic is an exciting one. Don't miss it!