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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Art Museum – How to Tell Fakes Apart from Real Pieces

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The recent 1.2.0 update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons brought a number of new features with it, and among those was an upgrade to the museum to add the art wing. To fill up the art museum you have to buy paintings and statues from Jolly Redd, formerly Crazy Redd, a shady fox who will visit the secret beach on your island periodically with art and furniture for sale. It can be a bit tricky to complete everything though as in addition to the real works of art, Redd also sells fakes of a large number of the artworks featured in the game.

To help you complete the task a fair bit easier we’ve put together this handy guide for collecting art in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Obtaining Works of Art

As mentioned previously, Redd will show up periodically in his Treasure Trawler with wares for sale. He’ll always have 4 random pieces of artwork for sale priced at 4,980 bells, in some combination of paintings & statues. Some of these works of art will be fake, and unlike previous games in the Animal Crossing franchise, there is a chance that multiple pieces can be real or they can all be fake.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Blathers will only accept real works of art for the museum, so you want to be sure that the item is legitimate before purchase. Thankfully there are visible differences to the fake pieces, so if you know what to look for it isn’t that hard to pick out the legitimate works. Some items don’t have fake versions either, which is also a blessing when trying to collect them all.

Real vs. Fake

Below is a complete list of all the artworks in the game that can be donated to the museum. We’ve also included a screenshot of the item inspection page from Redd’s Treasure Trawler so you can compare against the items in your game! Click on the images to see a larger size.

Academic Painting

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci
The fake Academic Painting has a coffee/drink stain in the upper right corner.

Amazing Painting

The Night Watch by Rembrandt
On the fake Amazing Painting, the man in the center is missing his hat.

Ancient Statue

Shakōki dogū
The fake Ancient Statue has antennae on its head.

Basic Painting

The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough
The fake Basic Painting features full bangs across his forehead.

Beautiful Statue

Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch
The fake Beautiful Statue is wearing a necklace.

Calm Painting

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
There is no fake of the Calm Painting.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Calm Painting
Calm Painting

Common Painting

The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet
There is no fake of the Common Painting.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Common Painting
Common Painting

Detailed Painting

Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas by Ito Jakuchu
The fake Detailed Painting has purple flowers instead of blue.

Dynamic Painting

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai
There is no fake of the Dynamic Painting.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Dynamic Painting
Dynamic Painting

Familiar Statue

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin
There is no fake of the Familiar Statue.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Familiar Statue
Familiar Statue

Famous Painting

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
The fake Famous Painting has raised eyebrows.

Flowery Painting

Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh
There is no fake of the Flowery Painting.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Flowery Painting
Flowery Painting

Gallant Statue

David by Michelangelo
The fake Gallant Statue is holding a book.

Glowing Painting

The Fighting Temeraire by J. M. W. Turner
There is no fake of the Glowing Painting

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Glowing Painting
Glowing Painting

Graceful Painting

Beauty Looking Back by Hishikawa Moronobu
The fake Graceful Painting is missing the white decoration in her hair & she appears much larger on the canvas.

Great Statue

King Kamehameha by Thomas R. Gould
There is no fake of the Great Statue.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Great Statue
Great Statue

Informational Statue

The Rosetta Stone
The fake Informational Statue is blue.

Jolly Painting

Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
The fake Jolly Painting is missing the flower in the lower right corner.

Moody Painting

The Sower by Jean-François Millet
There is no fake of the Moody Painting

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Moody Painting
Moody Painting

Motherly Statue

Capitoline Wolf
The fake Motherly Statue has its tongue hanging out.

Moving Painting

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
The fake Moving Painting is missing the trees on the right side.

Mysterious Painting

Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin
There is no fake of the Mysterious Painting.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Mysterious Painting
Mysterious Painting

Mystic Statue

Nefertiti Bust
The fake Mystic Statue is wearing an earring.

Nice Painting

The Fifer by Édouard Manet
There is no fake of the Nice Painting.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Nice Painting
Nice Painting

Perfect Painting

Still Life with Apples and Oranges by Paul Cézanne
There is no fake of the Perfect Painting

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Perfect Painting
Perfect Painting

Proper Painting

A Bar at the Folies-Bergere by Edouard Manet
There is no fake of the Proper Painting

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Proper Painting

Quaint Painting

The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer
The fake has a larger stream of milk pouring from the bowl.

Robust Statue

Townley Discobolus by Myron of Eleutherae
The fake Robust Statue is wearing a watch.

Rock-head Statue

Olmec Colossal Head
The fake Rock-head Statue has a slight smile.

Scary Painting

Actor Otani Oniji III as the Yakko Edobei by Sharaku
The fake Scary Painting has a grin and raised eyebrows.

Scenic Painting

Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
The fake Scenic Painting only has one hunter and fewer dogs.

Serene Painting

Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci
The fake Serene Painting has a colored ermine.

Sinking Painting

Ophelia by John Everett Millais
There is no fake of the Sinking Painting.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Sinking Painting
Sinking Painting

Solemn Painting

Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez
The fake Solemn Painting has the man in the doorway raising his arm.

Tremendous Statue

Houmuwu Ding
The fake Tremendous Statue has a lid.

Twinkling Painting

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
There is no fake of the Twinkling Painting.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Twinkling Painting
Twinkling Painting

Valiant Statue

Winged Victory of Samothrace
The fake Valiant Statue has its left leg forward.

Warm Painting

The Clothed Maja by Francisco de Goya
There is no fake of the Warm Painting.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Warm Painting
Warm Painting

Warrior Statue

Terracotta Army
The fake Warrior Statue is holding a shovel.

Wild Painting Left

Wind God and Thunder God by Ogata Korin
The fake Wild Painting Left features a green-colored figure.

Wild Painting Right

Wind God and Thunder God by Ogata Korin
The fake Wild Painting Right features a white-colored figure.

Wistful Painting

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
The fake Wistful Painting has the woman wearing a star-shaped earring.

Worthy Painting

Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix
There is no fake of the Worthy Painting

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Worthy Painting
Worthy Painting
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