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The Resource The vanishing Velazquez : a 19th-century bookseller's obsession with a lost masterpiece, Laura Cumming

The vanishing Velazquez : a 19th-century bookseller's obsession with a lost masterpiece, Laura Cumming

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The vanishing Velazquez : a 19th-century bookseller's obsession with a lost masterpiece
Title
The vanishing Velazquez
Title remainder
a 19th-century bookseller's obsession with a lost masterpiece
Statement of responsibility
Laura Cumming
Title variation
vanishing Velazquez
Title variation remainder
a 19th century booksellers obsession with a lost masterpiece
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Language
eng
Summary
From one of the world's most expert art critics, the incredible true story--part art history and part mystery--of a Velazquez portrait that went missing and the obsessed nineteenth-century bookseller determined to prove he had found it. When John Snare, a nineteenth-century provincial bookseller, traveled to a liquidation auction, he stumbled on a vivid portrait of King Charles I that defied any explanation. The Charles of the painting was young--too young to be king--and yet also too young to be painted by the Flemish painter to which the work was attributed. Snare had found something incredible--but what? His research brought him to Diego Velazquez, whose long-lost portrait of Prince Charles has eluded art experts for generations. Velazquez (1599–1660) was the official painter of the Madrid court, during the time the Spanish Empire teetered on the edge of collapse. When Prince Charles of England--a man wealthy enough to help turn Spain's fortunes--ventured to the court to propose a marriage with a Spanish princess, he allowed just a few hours to sit for his portrait. Snare believed only Velazquez could have met this challenge. But in making his theory public, Snare was ostracized, victim to aristocrats and critics who accused him of fraud, and forced to choose, like Velazquez himself, between art and family. A thrilling investigation into the complex meaning of authenticity and the unshakable determination that drives both artists and collectors of their work, The Vanishing Velazquez travels from extravagant Spanish courts in the 1700s to the gritty courtrooms and auction houses of nineteenth-century London and New York. But it is above all a tale of mystery and detection, of tragic mishaps and mistaken identities, of class, politics, snobbery, crime, and almost farcical accident. It is a magnificently crafted page-turner, a testimony to how and why great works of art can affect us to the point of obsession
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Summary
Describes the true story of a provincial bookseller who discovered an incredible portrait of King Charles I at a liquidation auction and his lifelong quest to prove it was painted by Diego Velazquez
Writing style
Award
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, 2016
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10484160
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DLC
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Cumming, Laura
Dewey number
759.6
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Snare, John
  • Velázquez, Diego
  • Booksellers and bookselling
  • Portrait painting
Target audience
adult
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a 19th century bookseller's obsession with a lost masterpiece
Label
The vanishing Velazquez : a 19th-century bookseller's obsession with a lost masterpiece, Laura Cumming
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Copyright
Note
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2016 as 'The vanishing man'"--Title-page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [275]-287) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A discovery -- The painting -- The painter -- Minister Street -- Man in black -- The talk of London -- A man in full -- The attack -- The theater of life -- Seizure and theft -- The trial -- The escape -- Velazquez on Broadway -- The escape artist -- The vanishing -- Seeing is believing -- The ghost of a picture -- An infinite number of Charleses -- Lost and found -- Saved
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781476762159
Isbn Type
(hb)
Lccn
2015040220
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)913303637
Label
The vanishing Velazquez : a 19th-century bookseller's obsession with a lost masterpiece, Laura Cumming
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2016 as 'The vanishing man'"--Title-page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [275]-287) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A discovery -- The painting -- The painter -- Minister Street -- Man in black -- The talk of London -- A man in full -- The attack -- The theater of life -- Seizure and theft -- The trial -- The escape -- Velazquez on Broadway -- The escape artist -- The vanishing -- Seeing is believing -- The ghost of a picture -- An infinite number of Charleses -- Lost and found -- Saved
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781476762159
Isbn Type
(hb)
Lccn
2015040220
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)913303637

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