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Forging Mona Lisa’s Smile: Creating Perfect Replicas of Classic Art

The employees at Factum Arte are world-class art forgers, but this Madrid-based company is no criminal enterprise. Each piece they create is intended to preserve and protect our cultural heritage. The company has even developed advanced technologies to scan, document and recreate a vast array of objects. From priceless Renaissance paintings to a life-size replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb, founder Adam Lowe says that creating these facsimiles is one of the best ways to protect the originals.