Animal Crossing: New Horizons — How to spot Redd's fake art

ACNH Blathers in front of art
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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

Animal Crossing talking to Redd

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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.

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ACNH NameActual Name & ArtistThe fake one
Academic PaintingVitruvian Man by Leonardo da VinciThere's a coffee stain in the upper right-hand corner.
Amazing PaintingThe Night Watch by RembrandtThe man in the center doesn't wear his hat.
Basic PaintingThe Blue Boy by Thomas GainsboroughThe boy has curtain bangs.
Calm PaintingA Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges SeuratThis one is always real.
Common PaintingThe Gleaners by Jean-François MilletThis one is always real.
Detailed PaintingRooster and Hen with Hydrangeas by Ito JakuchuThe flowers are purple instead of blue.
Dynamic PaintingGreat Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika HokusaiThis one is always real.
Famous PaintingThe Mona Lisa by Leonardo da VinciHer eyebrows are different, more sinister looking.
Flowery PaintingSunflowers by Vincent Van GoghThis one is always real.
Glowing PaintingThe Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Mallord William TurnerThis one is always real.
Graceful PaintingBeauty Looking Back by Hishikawa MoronobuThe woman takes up more of the canvas. The backside will have a water stain that looks like a person.
Jolly PaintingSummer by Giuseppe ArcimboldoThe flower isn't on the man's chest.
Moody PaintingThe Sower by Jean-François MilletThis one is always real.
Moving PaintingThe Birth of Venus by Sandro BotticelliThe trees that should be on the right aren't there.
Mysterious PaintingIsle of the Dead by Arnold BöcklinThis one is always real.
Nice PaintingYoung Flautist or The Fifer by Édouard ManetThis one is always real.
Perfect PaintingApples and Oranges by Paul CézanneThis one is always real.
Proper PaintingA Bar at the Folies-Bergère - Édouard ManetThis one is always real.
Quaint PaintingThe Milkmaid by Johannes VermeerMore milk comes pouring out of the pitcher.
Scary PaintingŌtani Oniji III as the manservant Edobei by Toshusai SharakuThe eyebrows are different. If the man is smiling, it's also fake.
Scenic PaintingThe Hunters in the Snow by Peiter BruegelTwo of the men and two of the dogs are missing from the hunting pack.
Serene PaintingLady with an Ermine by Leonardo da VinciThe ermine is darker and has a mask over its eyes similar to Tom Nook.
Sinking PaintingOphelia by John Everett MillaisThis one is always real.
Solumn PaintingLas Meninas by Diego VelasqueszThe man in the doorway has his arm pointing up.
Twinkling PaintingThe Starry Night by Vincent Van GoghThis one is always real.
Warm PaintingThe Clothed Maja by Francisco De GoyaThis one is always real.
Wild Painting Left HalfWind God and Thunder God by Tawaraya SōtatsuThe figure is green instead of white.
Wild Painting Right HalfWind God and Thunder God by Tawaraya SōtatsuThe figure is white instead of green.
Wistful PaintingGirl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes VermeerThe earring is star shaped. The haunted one will close its eyes at night.
Worthy PaintingLiberty Leading the People by Eugène DelacroixThis 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.

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ACNH NameActual Name & ArtistThe fake one
Ancient StatueDogū by UnknownIt has two antennas. At night, the fake's eyes will glow and it will hover if you interact with it.
Beautiful StatueVenus de Milo by Alexandros of AntiochWears a necklace.
Familiar StatueThe Thinker by Auguste RodinThis one is always real.
Gallant StatueDavid by MichelangeloThe fake one has a book under its arm.
Great StatueKing Kamehameha I by Thomas R. GouldThis one is always real.
Informative StatueRosetta Stone by UnknownIt glows blue in the dark.
Motherly StatueCapitoline Wolf by UnknownThe wolf mother's tongue is sticking out.
Mystic StatueBust of Nefertiti by ThutmoseThere's an earring on the statue's right ear (left when viewed)
Robust StatueDiscobolus by MyronThe fake one has a watch on its arm.
Rock-head StatueOlmec Colossal Head by UnknownThe fake one is smiling.
Tremendous StatueHoumuwu Ding by UnknownThe fake one has a lid on top.
Valiant StatueNike of Samothrace by UnknownThe fake one has the left leg coming forward, like a mirror image.
Warrior StatueTerracotta Warrior by UnknownThe 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.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.