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The forger's spell : a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century

Author: Edward Dolnick
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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As riveting as a World War II thriller, The Forger's Spell is the true story of Johannes Vermeer and the small-time Dutch painter, Han van Meegeren, who dared to impersonate Vermeer centuries later. The con man's mark was Hermann Goering, one of the most reviled leaders of Nazi Germany and a fanatic collector of art.
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Genre/Form: Art
History
Art and the war
Named Person: Han van Meegeren; Johannes Vermeer; Han van Meegeren; Jan Vermeer van Delft; Hermann Göring; Han van Meegeren; Johannes Vermeer
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Dolnick
ISBN: 9780060825416 0060825413 9780060825423 0060825421
OCLC Number: 171287620
Description: xii, 349 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: OCCUPIED HOLLAND. A knock on the door --
Looted art --
The outbreak of war --
Quasimodo --
The end of forgery? --
Forgery 101 --
The war against the Jews --
The forger's challenge --
Bargaining with vultures --
Van Meegeren's tears --
HERMANN GOERING AND JOHANNES VERMEER. Adolf Hitler --
Chasing Vermeer --
Goering's art collection --
Insights from a forger --
The amiable psychopath --
Goering's prize --
Vermeer, superstar --
A ghost's fingerprints --
THE SELLING OF CHRIST AT EMMAUS. Two forged Vermeers --
The expert's eye --
A forger's lesson --
Bredius --
"Without any doubt!" --
The uncanny valley --
Betting the farm --
Lady and Gentleman at the Harpsichord --
Dick Hannema --
The choice --
The Caravaggio connection --
In the forger's studio --
Underground tremors --
The summer of 1937 --
The lamb at the bank --
"Every inch a Vermeer" --
Two weeks and counting --
Too late! --
The last hurdle --
The unveiling --
ANATOMY OF A HOAX. Scandal in the archives --
All in the timing --
Believing is seeing --
The men who knew too much --
Blue Monday --
He who hesitates --
The great changeover --
THE CHASE. The secret in the salt mine --
The dentist's tale --
Goering on the run --
The nest egg --
Trapped! --
"I painted it myself!" --
Command performance --
The evidence piles up --
The trial --
The players make their exits.
Responsibility: Edward Dolnick.
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As riveting as a World War II thriller, The Forger's Spell is the true story of Johannes Vermeer and the small-time Dutch painter, Han van Meegeren, who dared to impersonate Vermeer centuries later. The con man's mark was Hermann Goering, one of the most reviled leaders of Nazi Germany and a fanatic collector of art.

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Interesting read

by geny_librarian (WorldCat user published 2009-05-16) Very Good Permalink

Interesting read; in addition to the "how" of the forgeries, it described the history, psychology, affects of the time, and other elements that played into this forger's success.

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