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ACNH Art: Real Vs Fake Comparison Explained

Redd is really smart with his counterfeit paintings!

Jolly Redd, the Fox who visits your island in his shady-looking treasure trawler brings some art and paintings to sell to you. While some of it may be real, a lot of it is counterfeit. When you decide to buy a painting from Redd, you must take care that it is authentic art for sure. If it turns out to be fake, Blathers will not accept it for his Museum, so beware! To know how you can invite Redd and start buying paintings from him, check out our guide on how to unlock Redd’s treasure trawler. Now, without much ado, let’s find out how to tell fake art from the real ones in our Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Art Guide.


Real vs Fake Painting & Art in ACNH Explained

Luckily, the paintings that Redd brings to your island are real-life masterpieces so we, at least, have something to compare it with before we purchase. Redd will give you four options of paintings to choose from, out of which you can pick only one.

Oh, the pressure.

Your goal at this point is to check which one is a legitimate painting and which ones are fake. There’s a chance that all four paintings will be inauthentic, so look closely. In this guide, you will find all the hints you need to spot fake paintings.


Academic Painting

  • Original: Vitruvian Man – Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Fake Painting: It has stains of tea or coffee on the top right area, so if Redd offers you this painting, check that area first.

Detailed Painting

  • Original: Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas – Ito Jakuchu
  • Fake Painting: The flowers in the fake painting are purple instead of blue.

Basic Painting

  • Original: The Blue Boy – Thomas Gainsborough
  • Fake Painting: The blue boy in question has bangs on his forehead in the fake one. Suits him though!

Scary Painting

  • Original: Otani Oniji II – Tōshūsai Sharaku
  • Fake Painting: The eyebrows are upside down in the fake painting. The frown of the painting also turns into a smile in the haunted painting.

Also Read | Haunted Paintings in Animal Crossing New Horizons

Famous Painting

  • Original: Mona Lisa – Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Fake Painting: This one is the easiest to spot and also the most hilarious one. With those eyebrows, the famous Mona Lisa doesn’t look like herself in the fake picture, that’s for sure.

Graceful Painting

  • Original: Beauty Looking Back – Hishikawa Moronobu
  • Fake Painting: The fake one’s subject, a beautiful lady, is much taller than the original. This is yet another difference which needs a sharp eye!

Serene Painting

  • Original: Lady with an Ermine – Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Fake Painting: The stoat/ermine held by the woman isn’t white in the fake artwork.

Solemn Painting

  • Original: Las Meninas – Diego Velasquez
  • Fake Painting: This one is really tricky and needs an incredible eye for detail. Look carefully at the man standing at the door in the background. His arm position is slightly different in the original painting where his arm is almost at a 90 degree angle.

Amazing Painting

  • Original: The Night Watch – Rembrandt
  • Fake Painting: The man who is standing front and center doesn’t have a hat in the counterfeit painting.

Wistful Painting

  • Original: Girl with a Pearl Earring – Johannes Vermeer
  • Fake Painting: The famous pearl earring is actually a star-shaped earring in the fake.

Jolly Painting

  • Original: Summer – Giuseppe Arcimboldo
  • Fake Painting: The counterfeit painting doesn’t have a flower on the subject’s chest.

Moving Painting

  • Original: The Birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli
  • Fake Painting: There are no trees in the background in the fake picture.

Quaint Painting

  • Original: The Milkmaid – Johannes Vermeer
  • Fake Painting: Spotting this fake art needs a keen eye. In the fake, the woman is pouring a lot more milk if you compare it with the original.

Scenic Painting

  • Original: The Hunters in the Snow – Pieter Bruegel
  • Fake Painting: The number of hunters in the fake painting are much less than the hunters in the real one.

Wild Painting Left Half

  • Original: Wind God and Thunder God – Tawaraya Sōtatsu
  • Fake Painting: The main subject of the painting has different colors in the inauthentic artwork.

Wild Painting Right Half

  • Original: Wind God and Thunder God – Tawaraya Sōtatsu
  • Fake Painting: The colors are much different in the fake version if you compare it with the original.

So, these were all the ways on how to tell fake art from the real ones in our Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Art Guide. The paintings which are not mentioned do not have fake versions, so you can buy them without any worries. All of these hints will definitely help you to buy only the legit paintings from Redd whenever he comes. Want to know how often does Redd appear? Click right here for the answer. And for more useful tips, tricks and hints, be sure to visit our ACNH Wiki Page.