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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, NY : Harper Perennial, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Harper Perennial editionView 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; Johannes Vermeer
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Dolnick
ISBN: 9780060825423 0060825421
OCLC Number: 262886556
Notes: Originally published: New York : HarperCollins, 2008.
Includes "P.S. Insights, interviews & more-- " (18 p. at end.).
Description: xii, 349, 18 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, facs. ; 21 cm
Contents: Occupied Holland. A knock on the door ; Looted art ; The outbreak of war ; Quasimodo ; The end of forgery? ; Forgery 101 ; Occupied Holland ; The war against the Jews ; The forger's challenge ; Bargaining with vultures ; Van Meegeren's tears --
Hermann Goering and Johannes Vermeer. Hermann Goering ; Adolf Hitler ; Chasing Vermeer ; Goering's art collection ; Insights from a forger ; The amiable psychopath ; Goering's prize ; Vermeer ; Johannes Vermeer, superstar ; A ghost's fingerprints --
The selling of Christ at Emmaus. Two forged Vermeers ; The expert's eye ; A forger's lessons ; Bredius ; "Without any doubt" ; The uncanny valley ; Betting the farm ; Lady and Gentleman at the Harpsichord ; Dirk Hannema ; The choice ; The Caravaggio connection ; In the forger's studio ; Christ at Emmaus ; 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 Goeringing 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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