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The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece

 
 
Author
Laura Cumming.
Publisher Scribner  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781476762159
Pages/Publication Date 296/2016
Daedalus Item Code 73600
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When 19th-century bookseller John Snare found a portrait of England's King Charles I at an auction in 1845, he instantly knew that he had found something extraordinary, concluding that the painting was a long-lost work by Diego Velázquez; after making his discovery public, however, Snare was ostracized and even brought to trial for fraud. In this bestselling history, the author of A Face to the World conducts an engrossing investigation into the complex meaning of authenticity and the unshakable determination that drives both artists and collectors of their work, and finds striking parallels between the Spanish painter and the Englishman who chanced upon his elusive masterwork.

"[This] is a riveting detective story and a brilliant reconstruction of an art controversy, but it is also a homage to the art of Velazquez, written by a critic who remains spellbound by his genius, as readers will be spellbound by this book."—Colm Toibin

"A brilliant tribute.... [Snare's] ill-fated obsession lends shadow and suspense to [Cumming's] hymn of praise.... Her pages pulse with the power of art to change lives."—Atlantic

 
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