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THE VANISHING VELAZQUEZ: A 19TH-CENTURY BOOKSELLER'S OBSESSION WITH A LOST MASTERPIECE. Laura Cumming. Scribner, Simon & Schuster Inc., New York, 2016. 310 pp. with 42 ills. (11 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2015-40220 ISBN 9781476762159 In English.
Publisher's description: 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.
Artist(s):Velazquez, Diego
Indexing: Western, Europe — Spain — 1600-1800 — Painting
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 171197
Hardcover $28.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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