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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, cop. 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
Database:WorldCat
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How could a painting that one day is worth millions of dollars, the next day be worth almost nothing? The easy answer: the painting is revealed to be a forgery. Of course, in this complex case, layers of deception and intrigue underlie what appeared to be a straightforward scam, one of the most notorious hoaxes in the history of art. In the early 20th century, Han van Meegeren, a mediocre Dutch painter, succeeded in
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Genre/Form: Art and the war
Additional Physical Format: The forger's spell
(NL-LeOCL)313860998
Named Person: Han van Meegeren; Johannes Vermeer
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Dolnick
ISBN: 9780060825416 0060825413
OCLC Number: 907177352
Notes: Ook verschenen als online resource.
Description: 349 p., [16] p. pl. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Edward Dolnick.
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How could a painting that one day is worth millions of dollars, the next day be worth almost nothing? The easy answer: the painting is revealed to be a forgery. Of course, in this complex case, layers of deception and intrigue underlie what appeared to be a straightforward scam, one of the most notorious hoaxes in the history of art. In the early 20th century, Han van Meegeren, a mediocre Dutch painter, succeeded in convincing an astonishing group of connoisseurs and buyers that a roomful of his forgeries were in fact undiscovered Vermeers. The author here explores the full dimensions of this tale by delving into all sorts of byways: the limits of connoisseurship, the craft of forgery, the mystique of Vermeer, and the Nazi plundering of European art.

Leven en werk van de grote kunstvervalser Han van Meegeren (1889-1947).

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