The Vanishing Man

In Pursuit of Velazquez

Laura Cumming

(author)

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In 1845, a Reading bookseller came across the portrait of a prince at a country house auction. Suspecting that it might be a long-lost Velazquez, he bought the picture and set out to discover its strange history - a quest that led from fame to ruin and exile. This book shows how and why great works of art can affect us, even to the point of mania.
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<p><b>WINNER OF THE JAMES TAIT BLACK BIOGRAPHY PRIZE</b><br /><b>SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE</b><br /><b>LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION</b></p><p><b>Selected as a Book of the Year in the<i> Herald</i> </b><br /><b></b><br />In 1845, a Reading bookseller named John Snare came across the dirt-blackened portrait of a prince at a country house auction. Suspecting that it might be a long-lost Velazquez, he bought the picture and set out to discover its strange history - a quest that led from fame to ruin and exile.</p><p>Fusing detection and biography, this book shows how and why great works of art can affect us, even to the point of mania. And on the trail of John Snare, Cumming makes a surprising discovery of her own. But most movingly, <i>The Vanishing Man</i> is an eloquent and passionate homage to the Spanish master Velazquez, bringing us closer to the creation and appreciation of his works than ever before.</p>
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Book publisherVintage Publishing
Publication date3 Jan 2017
FormatPaperback
Pages320
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