Sometimes news goes like this: a masterpiece from a certain great genius is discovered by a farmer and made him rich. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? You were just living your life the usual way and suddenly you discovery a treasure so precious that humanity thanks you in the form of money. This sort of makes me want to live in a farmland, to be honest. But how do they do it, how to they discover a masterpiece?
First of all, this was a very difficult and tricky task only 25 years ago. Technology was not as advanced as it is today and people has to look at a painting for hours, days, even weeks to analyze its style and recognize the painter.
If the painting turned out to be a real masterpiece, then they would get rich immediately. If not, say bye to that wasted weeks in front of a fake painting.
Thank goodness things are easier now and it is way more difficult to deceive buyers and sell a fake masterpiece. Yes, you still have to have “the eyes” that is able to recognize the artist’s style. But, with X-ray and other technologies, “the eyes” are not that needed anymore.
Now after a so-called masterpiece is found by an ordinary citizen who is very eager to get paid for it, first an expert takes a look. Does the painting have the style of that famous painter? Can the expert see a hidden signature or something?
Next step, right after the expert’s examination, is to fetch a machine to check the painting and its layers. Yes, paintings have layers. Painters do not create a masterpiece overnight. They work for days and they paint and paint over and over again.
After these two steps are taken, finally the truth can be revealed: a masterpiece or a fake.
Genius: Highly intelligent person
Expert: Someone who is specialized in on field
Masterpiece: A piece of artwork by a famous artist
Overnight: In only one night’s time
Fetch: To go and get something
According to the passage, which of the following statements is false?
- It was very easy to recognize a masterpiece in the past
- Technology made recognizing a masterpiece easier
- An expert is still needed
- You will get paid if you find a real masterpiece
According to the passage, what does “the eyes” mean?
- Eyes of a human
- Eyes of a spiritual figure
- Eyes of fate
- Eyes of an experienced expert
What do the layers mean in the last part of the passage?
- The style of the artist
- The colors
- That same painting is painted over for a long time
- The layers of money
(1) It was very easy to recognize a masterpiece in the past
(4) Eyes of an experienced expert
(3) That same painting is painted over for a long time