"Visitors to the Dulwich Picture Gallery are invited to observe carefully since Tuesday in London the master paintings on the wall, on the lookout for the Chinese copy slipped in the middle of Rembrandts, Rubens and other Gainsborough."

Source: France Media Agency

Visitors have until April 28 to discover the replica that has taken the place of a real canvas that is part of the collection.

The following activities will allow students to better understand why this project is taking place and also to discover some of the works present at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Understand the deception offered by the Dulwich Picture Gallery;
- Discover the paintings from the collection of the Dulwich Picture Gallery;
- Choose a work from the collection, analyze it and appreciate it;
- Discover the practices regarding the reproduction of works of art;
- Find the definition of several terms relating to the field of the arts.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: A hoax at the museum

To start the activity, tell the students that a London museum has a special challenge for its visitors. In order to help them discover what it is, invite them to read the following headline in La Presse.

Then, in order to better understand why such an activity takes place in this museum, present the following report.

Finally, have students answer the following questions to check their understanding:

- How do you order a copy of a work these days?
- What do people observe in order to find the copy?
- What is the aim of this Dulwich Picture Gallery project?
- According to the pupils, what is the impact of this project on all the works making up the collection of the Dulwich Picture Gallery?

ACTIVITY 2: The works of the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Invite students to explore the different works of the London Museum's collection
Dulwich Picture Gallery. Ask them to observe the different works presented in the section " Collection From the museum's website. They will have to choose a work of their choice, analyze it and find information about it. Finally, they will have to complete the document below:

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ACTIVITY 3: Copying in the arts

First, ask the students if they think it is common these days for artists' paintings to be copied? How do you certify the originality of a work? Do they think there are a lot of counterfeits in art? Do they know what a pastiche is?

Invite students to learn about reproducing artwork and reading next article.

Finally, have students locate all of the terms related to the arts in the text and write their definitions on a table. Here is the start of a table to be completed:

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More about the magazine

A fake painting, the big attraction of a London gallery
Radio-Canada, February 11, 2015

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Official website of the museum