Art pieces are paintings and sculptures that can be purchased from Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler and donated to the museum, provided they are not forged. Donating the first piece to the museum will allow Blathers to expand the museum, which requires one day of construction.
In New Horizons, the genuine and forged pieces look different, allowing the player to identify them before purchasing. There are 14 pieces that are always genuine, but the majority have a forged version.
The academic painting, detailed painting, glowing painting, mysterious painting, sinking painting, twinkling painting, informative statue, rock-head statue, tremendous statue, and warrior statue are new to New Horizons.
Occasionally, male villagers may mail a resident a piece of art. Jock and Lazy villagers can send any piece of art, which can be either real or fake. Cranky villagers can send sculptures, which can be either real or fake. Smug villagers will send only fake pieces to the player. Female villagers, regardless of personality, will not send art to the player.
Forged art cannot be sold at Nook’s Cranny and will either need to be given to a villager or thrown away in a trashcan in order to get rid of it.
Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler has four spaces for art, each allowing for different types of art to be displayed. The back-left slot may hold any painting; the front-left slot may hold small paintings only; the back-middle slot may hold small paintings or small sculptures; and the back-right slot may hold any piece of art. As this is the only slot which may contain large sculptures, they are considerably rarer than other pieces of art.
Each time Redd visits, there is a 20% chance for a piece of art not donated to the player's museum to be forced to spawn.
Artwork was introduced in the Earth Day update on April 23rd, 2020.
|Painting name||Forgery||Genuine||Description||Type||Real life name|
|Academic painting||The forged painting has a coffee stain on the top right of the canvas whereas the genuine does not. The forgery's wooden frame is a duller color compared to the genuine's frame, and the white matboard is slightly dirtied by the left and bottom edges of the canvas. The forgery also has a strange key taped to the back.||Small painting||Vitruvian Man by Leonardo Da Vinci|
|Amazing painting||In the forged painting, the man with the red sash is not wearing a feather hat; whereas in the genuine painting, he is. Metallic objects also appear faintly less reflective in the forgery.||Large painting||The Night Watch by Rembrandt Harmeszoon van Rijn|
|Basic painting||In the forged painting, the boy has bangs covering his entire forehead and curls at his back are longer; whereas in the genuine one, his hair partially covers his forehead and his nape is trimmed.||Large painting||The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough|
|Calm painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Large painting||A Sunday Afternoon on The Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat|
|Common painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Small painting||The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet|
|Detailed painting||The forged painting has purple flowers, whereas the genuine one has blue flowers. The forgery also lacks the artist's seals and titling of the work on the left edge.||Large painting||Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas by Itō Jakuchū|
|Dynamic painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Small painting||The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai|
|Famous painting||In the forged painting, the woman has raised eyebrows, which makes her look angry, whereas in the genuine one, she has no (or very faint) eyebrows, which makes her look calm.||Small painting||Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci|
|Flowery painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Small painting||Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh|
|Glowing painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Small painting||The Fighting Temeraire by J.M.W. Turner|
|Graceful painting||The forged painting has the lady taking up almost the entire painting, but the lady takes up only 2/3 of the painting instead and has small streaks on the silk by her calves and ankles. The forgery looks to the left during the evening and has a shadowy figure on the back.||Large painting||Beauty Looking Back by Hishikawa Moronobu|
|Jolly painting||The forged painting is missing the artichoke bud sticking out of the chest, whereas in the genuine one it is present.||Small painting||Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo|
|Moody painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Small painting||The Sower by Jean-François Millet|
|Moving painting||There are no trees in the forged painting and are instead replaced by a blotchy-painted sky and seven additional flowers in the wind, whereas the genuine one has the trees and no additional flowers.||Large painting||The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli|
|Mysterious painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Large painting||Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin|
|Nice painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Large painting||The Fifer by Édouard Manet|
|Perfect painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Small painting||Apples and Oranges by Paul Cézanne|
|Proper painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Large painting||A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Édouard Manet|
|Quaint painting||In the forged painting, there is lots of milk pouring out of the container; whereas in the genuine one, there is only a small amount.||Small painting||The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer|
|Scary painting||In the forged painting, the man's eyebrows are pointing up in the middle, making him seem concerned, while they point down in the middle in the authentic painting. During the evening, the man smiles in the forgery.||Small painting||Kabuki Actor Ōtani Oniji III as Yakko Edobei in the Play The Colored Reins of a Loving Wife (Koi nyōbō somewake tazuna) by Tōshūsai Sharaku|
|Scenic painting||The forged painting has one person on the hill, whereas the genuine painting has three people and more dogs.||Large painting||The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder|
|Serene painting||In the forged painting, the woman is holding a gray ferret, whereas in the genuine one, it is a white ermine.||Small painting||Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci|
|Sinking painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Small painting||Ophelia by John Everett Millais|
|Solemn painting||In the forged painting, the man in the far back is giving a thumbs-up, whereas in the genuine one, he is touching the wall.||Large painting||Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez|
|Twinkling painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Small painting||The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh|
|Warm painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Large painting||The Clothed Maja by Francisco Goya|
|Wistful painting||In the forged painting, the woman is wearing a star-shaped earring; whereas in the genuine one, the earring is sphere-shaped. The woman also closes her eyes during the evening and reopens them the following day.||Small painting||Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer|
|Worthy painting||N/A||This painting is always authentic.||Large painting||Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix|
|Sculpture||Forgery||Genuine||Description||Type||Real life name|
|Ancient statue||The forged statue has antennae and is faintly dirty, whereas the genuine statue does not and is cleaner. The eyes on the forgery glow blue during the evening and can float for a short duration when interacted with.||Small sculpture||"Shakōki dogū" by unknown Jōmon sculptor(s)|
|Beautiful statue||The forged statue has a set of necklaces, whereas the genuine statue does not.||Small sculpture||Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch|
|Familiar statue||N/A||This statue is always authentic.||Small sculpture||The Thinker by Auguste Rodin|
|Gallant statue||The forged statue holds a book in his right hand, whereas the genuine statue does not.||Large sculpture||David by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni|
|Great statue||N/A||This statue is always authentic.||Large sculpture||Kamehameha Statue Kohala by Thomas Ridgeway Gould|
|Informative statue||The forged statue is blue, whereas the genuine one is grey. The forgery also glows during the evening.||Small sculpture||Rosetta Stone by unknown Egyptian scribe(s)|
|Motherly statue||The forged statue has her tongue sticking out, whereas the genuine one does not.||Large sculpture||Capitoline Wolf by unknown sculptors|
|Mystic statue||The forged statue has an earring, whereas the genuine statue does not.||Small sculpture||Bust of Nefertiti by Thutmose of Ahketaten|
|Robust statue||The forged statue is wearing a watch on his right arm, whereas the genuine statue is not.||Large sculpture||Townley Discobolus by Myron of Eleutherae|
|Rock-head statue||The forged statue is smiling, whereas the genuine one is not.||Large sculpture||"Olmec colossal head 1" by unknown Olmec sculptor(s)|
|Tremendous statue||The forged statue has a lid with a handle in the middle, whereas the genuine only has the handles on the side.||Large sculpture||"Houmuwu ding" by unknown Shang sculptor(s)|
|Valiant statue||The forged statue is mirrored, with the left leg in front, whereas the genuine statue has the right leg in front.||Large sculpture||Winged Victory of Samothrace by unknown Thracian sculptor(s)|
|Warrior statue||The forged statue is holding a shovel, whereas the genuine one is not.||Small sculpture||Terracotta Army soldier by unknown Qin sculptor(s)|
|The forged painting has a dark figure, whereas the genuine one has a light figure.||Large sculpture||Wind God and Thunder God by Tawaraya Sōtatsu|
|The forged painting has a light figure, whereas the genuine one has a dark figure.||Large sculpture|
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