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Forged Art Detection Guide by Caleb_W

Version: 1.20 | Updated: 03/18/2014
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Animal Crossing: New Leaf 
Forged Art Detection Guide v1.20
Created by: Caleb_W


Table of Contents

1) Version History
2) Introduction
3) Redd's Gallery
4) Feng Shui Effects
5) How to Detect Fakes
6) Always Genuine
7) Museum Transcript
8) Other Ways to Obtain Artwork
9) Credits and Acknowledgements
10) Miscellaneous


1) Version History

v1.00 (9/25/13): The original guide was posted with the following sections:
"Introduction", "Redd's Gallery", "How to Detect Fakes", "Always Genuine",
"Museum Transcript", "Credits and Acknowledgements", and "Miscellaneous".

v1.10 (10/01/13): An "Other Ways to Obtain Artwork" section was added to the

v1.20 (3/18/14): A "Version History" section was added. Additional information
was added to the "Redd's Gallery" section. A "Feng Shui Effects" section was
added. The "How to Detect Fakes" section was updated with more concise
pointers. Two typos were detected and corrected.

2) Introduction

Thank you for taking the time to look at this guide for Forged Art Detection.
The purpose of this guide is to help players figure out which pieces of art
that Redd sells are genuine. I have also provided a few extra ways to get
artwork. Lastly, I have included the museum transcript for each piece of
artwork when it is displayed and interacted with in the museum.

3) Redd's Gallery

Redd's Gallery may appear in town once a week on the Town Plaza from Monday to
Saturday. Redd normally operates his gallery within a small green tent from 10
A.M. to midnight, but the Early Bird or Night Owl ordinances can modify these
times. He displays four works of art per visit with at least one of them being
a genuine piece. Each player in the town is only allowed to purchase one piece
of artwork per visit. Visitors to the player's town can also purchase one work
of art, so be sure to place any order(s) before any company visits. Purchased
pieces of artwork are mailed to the purchasing player's house the following
morning at 6 A.M., provided the mailbox is not full. Only genuine pieces of
artwork can be donated to the museum. Blathers and Reese will verify if artwork
is genuine when trying to donate to the museum and when trying to sell in
Retail, respectively. Blathers will reject fakes and Reese will require a 100
bell disposal fee for fake works of art. The fakes can be disposed for free if
used with the garbage can P.W.P. or a trash can in the player's house.

4) Feng Shui Effects

It is possible to have Redd carry more than one genuine piece of artwork and
also sell them for less when he visits if the player takes advantage of the
effects of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the art of arranging furniture in a way that
invokes harmony with life. In Animal Crossing, it affects various game
mechanics, but for the purposes of this guide, only the effects on artwork will
be covered.

Yellow: Yellow items are to be placed on the west side of a room. Yellow items
will decrease the price that Redd sells his works of art.

Red: Red items are to be placed on the east side of a room. Red items will
increase the probability of receiving genuine art from other villagers (refer
to section 8 for more details).

Green: Green items are to be placed on the south side of the room. Green items
will increase the amount of genuine piece of art Redd may have on display in
his gallery. It will also increase the probability of receiving genuine art
from other villagers (refer to section 8 for more details).

5) How to Detect Fakes

Redd sells paintings and sculptures that are in the likeness of real life works
of art. While inside the tent, the player can zoom in by using the up arrow on
the directional pad and the left and right arrows to turn the camera clockwise
and counter-clockwise. Fake works of art will deviate from the original piece
of artwork in variable ways. For example, the fake Dynamic Painting will have
an abnormally sized Mount Fuji in the background of the work.

The following works of art can be fake:

(Key: Artwork's item name - Artwork's defect(s))

Dynamic Painting - In the background, Mount Fuji is abnormally large and takes
up a great chunk of the middle of the painting.

Solemn Painting - The blonde girl in the middle-left of the painting is twice
as tall as she should be.

Quaint Painting - The milkmaid is missing her hat.

Basic Painting - Both arms are bent rather than his left arm being bent.

Famous Painting - The Mona Lisa has her left hand over top of her right hand
instead of having her right hand over her left hand; her hand on top should be
facing towards the bottom-right corner of the frame.

Amazing Painting - The man on the left is wearing white and the man on the
right is wearing black. The man wearing black should be on the left and the man
wearing white should be on the right.

Moving Painting - The fan part of the shell is facing towards the foreground
instead of towards the background.

Jolly Painting - His nose is made of a carrot. It should be a zucchini.

Scary Painting - The man is pointing with only his index finger on both hands.

Neutral Painting - The top-left leaf has a hole in it.

Wistful Painting - The girl's hat is red-orange instead of blue.

Serene Painting - The lady is holding a white cat instead of a stoat.

Wild Painting - The black god is on the left and the white god is on the right.

Graceful Painting - The beauty is looking to the left instead of to the right.

Beautiful Statue - The woman has long hair instead of short hair.

Valiant Statue - The statue has bat wings instead of feathery wings.

Gallant Statue - David has a cloth draped on his right shoulder. There should
not be any cloth on his right shoulder.

Robust Statue - The disk the man is holding has indentions. It should be solid.

Great Statue - Kamehameha has his fingers stretched downward instead of upward.

Mystic Statue - Nefertiti's hat is spherical instead cylindrical.

Ancient Statue - The eyes are open instead of closed.

Motherly Statue - There is only one child below the wolf instead of two.

6) Always Genuine

The following works of art are always genuine in Redd's gallery:

Perfect Painting    Nice Painting      Common Painting

Flowery Painting    Warm Painting      Fine Painting

Proper Painting     Worthy Painting    Calm Painting

Moody Painting      Scenic Painting

7) Museum Transcript

Once donated to the museum, the works of art can be viewed in the art section
of the museum. When interacting with them, they give the item name, date 
donated, donator, the actual artwork's name, artist, creation date, medium, and
a blurb about the artwork.

Key: Item name - Artwork's real name - Artist - Creation date - Medium - Blurb

Dynamic Painting - Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji The Great Wave off Kanagawa
- Katsushika Hokusai - Made around 1831 - Woodblock print - This is the most
famous place in a series called the Thirty-Six Views, yet the actual total in
the set is 46.

Solemn Painting - Las Meninas - Diego Velásquez - Made around 1656 - Oil on
canvas - The painting is also known as The Maids of Honor. This is Velázquez's
most famous painting.

Quaint Painting - The Milkmaid - Johannes Vermeer - Made around 1658 - Oil on
canvas - Vermeer is known as a master of light. This painting demonstrates his
craft with subtlety and grace.

Basic Painting - The Blue Boy - Thomas Gainsborough - Made in 1770 - Oil on
canvas - This portrait of a boy in blue by Gainsborough has been a longtime
favorite of the British public.

Famous Painting - Mona Lisa - Leonardo Da Vinci - Started around 1503 - Oil on
poplar - The most famous smile in the world. No one quite knows to this very
day why the woman is smiling.

Perfect Painting - Apples and Oranges - Paul Cézanne - Made around 1899 - Oil
on canvas - A still-life painting from Cézanne. He influenced Picasso, who said
he was the father of modern painting.

Amazing Painting - The Night Watch - Rembrandt van Rijn - Made in 1642 - Oil on
canvas - A painting of a city militia that was found, after restoration of the
work, to take place in the daylight.

Nice Painting - The Fifer - Édouard Manet - Made in 1866 - Oil on canvas - One
of Manet's earliest works. He influenced later painters and is called the
Father of Impressionism.

Moving Painting - The Birth of Venus - Sandro Botticelli - Made around 1485 -
Tempera on canvas - This painting depicts the Roman goddess of love, Venus,
standing in a shell after emerging from the sea.

Common Painting - The Gleaners - Jean-François Millet - Made in 1857 - Oil on
canvas - This painting depicts a common scene of the day where extra wheat is
collected by the needy.

Flowery Painting - Sunflowers - Vincent van Gogh - Made around 1888 - Oil on
canvas - Part of a series that van Gogh did during a period when he became
obsessed with painting sunflowers.

Warm Painting - The Clothed Maja - Francisco de Goya - Made around 1805 - Oil
on canvas - While we assume "Maja" is a person, it is actually just a word that
meant "stylish woman" during the 1800s.

Jolly Painting - Summer - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - Made around 1573 - Oil on 
canvas - Arcimboldo's style was to paint a face as if it were assembled from a
bunch of fruits and vegetables.

Fine Painting - Arearea - Paul Gauguin - Made around 1892 - Oil on canvas -
"Arearea" means "fun" or "joy" in Tahitian. It was while visiting Tahiti that
Gauguin painted this picture.

Scary Painting - Otani Oniji the 3rd as Yakko Edobei - Toshusai Sharaku - Made
in 1794 - Woodblock print - An ukiyo-e of an actor from the Edo period. Sharaku
crafted 140 such prints within 10 months.

Proper Painting - A Bar at the Folies-Bergère - Édouard Manet - Made around
1882 - Oil on canvas - Manet's last major work of art. The scene is mostly
shown in the reflection in the mirror at the bar.

Neutral Painting - Basket of Fruit - Caravaggio - Made around 1596 - Oil on
canvas - Caravaggio's name actually comes from the town where he grew up. He
later used it as his moniker.

Worthy Painting - Liberty Leading the People - Eugène Delacroix - Made in 1830
- Oil on canvas - Painted during the same year as the July Revolution of 1830
in France, depicting liberty as a real figure.

Calm Painting - A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte -
Georges Seurat - Made around 1885 - Oil on canvas - This is an example of
pointillism. The scene of the crowd is actually made entirely out of small

Moody Painting - The Sower - Jean-François Millet - Made around 1850 - Oil on
canvas - This painting features a small town where the artist once lived. He is
said to have influenced van Gogh.

Wistful Painting - Girl with a Pearl Earring - Johannes Vermeer - Made around
1665 - Oil on canvas - Sometimes also called The Girl in the Blue Turban. To
this day, the painting's model remains a mystery.

Serene Painting - Lady with an Ermine - Leonardo Da Vinci - Made around 1490 -
Oil on wood panel - An ermine is a white stoat. Oddly, da Vinci only painted a
handful of portraits of women in his career.

Scenic Painting - The Hunters in the Snow - Pieter Brueghel the Elder - Made in
1565 - Oil on wood panel - Also known as The Return of the Hunters. Brueghal's
son painted as Pieter Brueghel the Younger.

Wild Painting - Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin The Gods of Wind and Thunder
- Tawaraya Sotatsu - Made in the 17th century - Gold leaf and ink on paper -
Fujin, the wind god, is holding a bag that causes wind, while Raijin, the
thunder god, uses taiko drums.

Graceful Painting - Beauty Looking Back - Hishikawa Moronobu - Made in the 17th
century - Color on silk - A hand-painted ukiyo-e print from the middle of the
Edo era. It's of a fashionable lady looking backwards.

Beautiful Statue - Venus de Milo - Artist Unknown - Made around 130 BC - Marble
- A statue of the goddess of love found on the island of Milos. Many wonder how
she originally posed.

Valiant Statue - Nike of Samothrace - Artist Unknown - Made around 190 BC -
Marble - It is thought that the goddess of victory was supposed to look as if
she was on the front of a boat.

Gallant Statue - David - Michelangelo - Made around 1504 - Marble - Done by
Michelangelo, it depicts a young David with slinging rocks as he glares at his
enemy, Goliath.

Robust Statue - Discobolus - Artist Unknown - Made in the 2nd century - Marble
- Made in ancient Rome and based on a work by ancient Greek sculptor Myron, the
artist remains unknown.

Great Statue - King Kamehameha I - Thomas Ridgeway Gould - Made around 1880 -
Bronze - This statue depicts the man who unified the Hawaiian Islands. The
original was nearly lost at sea.

Mystic Statue - Bust of Nefertiti - Thutmose - Made around 1345 BC - Limestone
- Queen Nefertiti's Ancient Egyptian name means "the beautiful one has come."
Her statue lives up to that.

Ancient Statue - Jomon Period "Dogu" Figurine Shakoki-dogu - Artist Unknown -
Made between 1000 and 400 BC - Fired pottery - Shakoki refers to how the big
round eyes look like Inuit snow goggles used for blocking light.

Motherly Statue - Captoline Wolf - Artist Unknown - 5th century BC / 13th
century AD - Bronze - This statue of a wolf raising twins was inspired by Roman
legend and originally thought to be much older.

8) Other Ways to Obtain Artwork

Other than Redd's Gallery, the player can get Artworks from other sources.

The most obvious alternative is to purchase or trade with another player.
Unfortunately, Redd's stock is random and he can end up selling the player a
genuine piece of artwork that the player has already purchased from him. Since
duplicates are possible, it is profitable to keep the extra genuine in hopes of
trading with someone who also gets a duplicate genuine piece of art.

CAUTION: When trading artwork with other players, be sure to verify with Reese
that the artwork being traded is genuine. Other players can try to rip off
other players! The smartest way to go about this is to conduct the trade in
front of Retail. Remember, both players can flick the Wi-fi switch to set
things right as long as a save has not yet occurred.

Another way to get works of art comes from the player's villagers. Three
villager types, Cranky, Uchi, and Smug, will occasionally sell the player
paintings. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if the paintings are genuine
until the player checks with either Reese or Blathers.

Smug villagers usually sell the paintings for around 7,000 bells. This is the
most risky of the three villager types since it's two times as expensive as
Redd and there is no way to check if it is genuine before buying it.

Cranky villagers will occasionally ping the player about artwork and will tell
the player upfront that they do not know if the painting is real or not. Their
price is around 3,000 bells, but they will occasionally be impressed that the
player decided to buy even with the warning and give the player the painting
for free!

Uchi villagers will sell for around 4,000 bells, but if the player declines the
trade they will usually lower the price to around 2,000 bells. Rarely, if the
player declines the trade again the villager will give the artwork for free!
This is the least expensive way to get paintings and has the least amount of

Note: Your level of friendship may affect the prices for which the villagers
are willing to sell their paintings.

9) Credits and Acknowledgements

First of all, I'd like to thank all of the artists who made all of these
artworks. Their work has been cherished over the years and has contributed to
humanity in such positive ways.

Also, a special thanks to Nintendo for creating Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Thanks to Thonky's website for providing the list of "always genuine" works of

Artworks are listed in order of the Prima Official Game Guide 2013; special
thanks to Steve Stratton for writing the guidebook.

And I'm very happy to thank the user Laaverosada for allowing me to see her
completed museum so that I could get the transcripts for the half of the
artworks that I was missing.

10) Miscellaneous

Thanks for reading my guide! If you need to contact me regarding this guide
then please private message me on GameFAQs. Alternatively, if you do not have a
GameFAQ account, you may e-mail me at Caleb_LeeW@hotmail.com.

This may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
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publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other
web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a
violation of copyright. This guide is copyright 2013-2014 Caleb Wooldridge.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is copyright 2012-2013 Nintendo.

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