Last spring in London,
a fake Chinese replica
of Fragonard’s
“Young Woman”,
whoever she was,
was hung
as a publicity stunt
by the Dulwich Picture Gallery.


She was not recognized.


Visitors were invited
to “Spot the Fake”
and many came but
did not do so
People mistook
“Portrait of a Lady”
[the other one,
by Peter Paul Rubens]
for the counterfeit.

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640)

Portrait of a Lady, c. 1625
Oil on panel

Collection of Dulwich Picture Gallery