How to Find the Value of a Painting

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Finding the value of a painting is a complicated process of study and comparison. Value a painting with tips from a professional artist in this free video on painting.

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In this segment I'll show you how to determine the value of a painting. Now it's very easy really, but it's not something that the layman can do. Art experts all over the world study art, they get their masters, their PhD's, and then they work for a place like Sotheby's or Christie's. And they wind up being experts at their field by looking at paintings every day, over and over again. I'll give you an example. This is a very famous El Greco painting, but it's not really an El Greco, it's obviously a print. Someone that would look at this might say, "well", if it was the real painting they might say, "is it an El Greco". How would you determine if it's a real El Greco? You do it by comparison. You get a picture of an El Greco that exists, that's known to be an El Greco, and then you might look at this painting and say, "hmm, that has the same qualities and similarities as an El Greco". And because of that, then they would either, A, attribute it to El Greco, B, say it's from the circle of El Greco, that means that it's somebody that came from El Greco's time period, or they could actually ascribe it to El Greco with a great deal of certainty. That's how you determine a value of a painting. And some paintings are very valuable, and some paintings are not.

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