There are so many things to collect in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, whether that be fish, bugs, clothes, recipes, or dozens of other things. Once players take the necessary steps to invite Redd the fox to their island and upgrade their museum to allow for an art gallery, they will also have the opportunity to collect iconic statues and classic paintings. But buyer beware! This little fox is, in fact, a scammer and sells forgeries along with genuine articles. Here's how to tell if you're buying a fake in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Get Redd on your island
Before you can start collecting artwork, you first need to take the necessary steps to bring Redd to your island. This involves talking to Blathers, spotting Redd the fox on your island, buying art from him, and then donating it to the museum so the owl can open an art gallery.
How to tell if Redd is selling a fake painting or statue
Each of the pieces that you can purchase in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is based on a real-life work of art. Forgeries look very similar to the originals, but usually have one incorrect thing about them. For instance, the figure in the painting might be pointing in the wrong direction or someone's clothing might be a little different. If you can pull up a picture of the original work of art, you can spot the difference between the fake and the real deal.
All paintings and statues
Unfortunately, while the in-game artwork is based off of classic works, they are given different names in New Horizons. Here are images of all of the real-life pieces you can buy along with their New Horizons names and their real-world titles. Compare these images with what Redd is selling to see if they are genuine or not.
All paintings in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Here are all of the paintings that players can obtain in Animal Crossing. They're listed alphabetically by the name given to them within New Horizons.
|ACNH Name||Actual Name & Artist||The fake one|
|Academic Painting||Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci||There's a coffee stain in the upper right-hand corner.|
|Amazing Painting||The Night Watch by Rembrandt||The man in the center doesn't wear his hat.|
|Basic Painting||The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough||The boy has curtain bangs.|
|Calm Painting||A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat||This one is always real.|
|Common Painting||The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet||This one is always real.|
|Detailed Painting||Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas by Ito Jakuchu||The flowers are purple instead of blue.|
|Dynamic Painting||Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai||This one is always real.|
|Famous Painting||The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci||Her eyebrows are different, more sinister looking.|
|Flowery Painting||Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh||This one is always real.|
|Glowing Painting||The Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Mallord William Turner||This one is always real.|
|Graceful Painting||Beauty Looking Back by Hishikawa Moronobu||The woman takes up more of the canvas. The backside will have a water stain that looks like a person.|
|Jolly Painting||Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo||The flower isn't on the man's chest.|
|Moody Painting||The Sower by Jean-François Millet||This one is always real.|
|Moving Painting||The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli||The trees that should be on the right aren't there.|
|Mysterious Painting||Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin||This one is always real.|
|Nice Painting||Young Flautist or The Fifer by Édouard Manet||This one is always real.|
|Perfect Painting||Apples and Oranges by Paul Cézanne||This one is always real.|
|Proper Painting||A Bar at the Folies-Bergère - Édouard Manet||This one is always real.|
|Quaint Painting||The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer||More milk comes pouring out of the pitcher.|
|Scary Painting||Ōtani Oniji III as the manservant Edobei by Toshusai Sharaku||The eyebrows are different. If the man is smiling, it's also fake.|
|Scenic Painting||The Hunters in the Snow by Peiter Bruegel||Two of the men and two of the dogs are missing from the hunting pack.|
|Serene Painting||Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci||The ermine is darker and has a mask over its eyes similar to Tom Nook.|
|Sinking Painting||Ophelia by John Everett Millais||This one is always real.|
|Solumn Painting||Las Meninas by Diego Velasquesz||The man in the doorway has his arm pointing up.|
|Twinkling Painting||The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh||This one is always real.|
|Warm Painting||The Clothed Maja by Francisco De Goya||This one is always real.|
|Wild Painting Left Half||Wind God and Thunder God by Tawaraya Sōtatsu||The figure is green instead of white.|
|Wild Painting Right Half||Wind God and Thunder God by Tawaraya Sōtatsu||The figure is white instead of green.|
|Wistful Painting||Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer||The earring is star shaped. The haunted one will close its eyes at night.|
|Worthy Painting||Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix||This one is always real.|
All statues in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Here are all of the statues that players can obtain in Animal Crossing. They're listed alphabetically by the name given to them within New Horizons.
|ACNH Name||Actual Name & Artist||The fake one|
|Ancient Statue||Dogū by Unknown||It has two antennas. At night, the fake's eyes will glow and it will hover if you interact with it.|
|Beautiful Statue||Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch||Wears a necklace.|
|Familiar Statue||The Thinker by Auguste Rodin||This one is always real.|
|Gallant Statue||David by Michelangelo||The fake one has a book under its arm.|
|Great Statue||King Kamehameha I by Thomas R. Gould||This one is always real.|
|Informative Statue||Rosetta Stone by Unknown||It glows blue in the dark.|
|Motherly Statue||Capitoline Wolf by Unknown||The wolf mother's tongue is sticking out.|
|Mystic Statue||Bust of Nefertiti by Thutmose||There's an earring on the statue's right ear (left when viewed)|
|Robust Statue||Discobolus by Myron||The fake one has a watch on its arm.|
|Rock-head Statue||Olmec Colossal Head by Unknown||The fake one is smiling.|
|Tremendous Statue||Houmuwu Ding by Unknown||The fake one has a lid on top.|
|Valiant Statue||Nike of Samothrace by Unknown||The fake one has the left leg coming forward, like a mirror image.|
|Warrior Statue||Terracotta Warrior by Unknown||The fake one holds a shovel.|
All haunted art
Some of the fakes that you purchase will turn out to be haunted and are fun to collect just for that reason. This fun twist on collecting is just another reason that Animal Crossing is one of the best Nintendo Switch games out there.
- Fake Graceful Painting — The back side has a water stain that looks like a person.
- Fake Scary Painting — The face has a weird smile.
- Fake Wistful Painting — The eyes close at night.
- Fake Ancient Statue — The eyes glow and the statue hovers if you go up to it and press A.
- Fake Informative Statue — It glows blue at night.
The real deal
Animal Crossing makes it fun to collect paintings and statues by making you work to figure out which ones are real. Redd is a slippery little guy and sometimes fakes are harder to spot than others. Even then, the fakes can be fun to collect as they provide a slightly different look from the famed works. Not to mention, having haunted art in your home or on your island is pretty cool.
Now that you know what the original artwork looks like, you'll be more likely to be able to spot a fake. Pay close attention to hand positions, accessories, and markings to be able to identify Redd's forgeries in New Horizons. You'll be able to fill up your art gallery in no time.
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