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Mark Landis, forger and donor

Mark Landis forges paintings and then shows up in disguise to museums to donate his forgeries. He’s been at it since the 80s, and his most favored disguise is “Father Arthur Scott”, a Jesuit.

He had dressed as a Jesuit priest because he had been taught by one in London, and was amused by the reaction. “I’ve helped out a lot of people. They come up to me at airports and tell me of their problems. There’s not much to being a priest. Some comforting words, that sort of thing. And a blessing.” He donated in the name Helen Mitchell because “it wasn’t mother’s name but it was grandmother’s, and mother would know in heaven, right?”

From The Financial Times, via Kottke.

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