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The vanishing Velázquez : a 19th-century bookseller's obsession with a lost masterpiece

Author: Laura Cumming; Siobhan Redmond
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Named Person: Diego Velázquez; John Snare; John Snare; Diego Velázquez
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Cumming; Siobhan Redmond
ISBN: 9781508222934 1508222932
OCLC Number: 945739284
Notes: Title from container.
Compact discs.
Performer(s): Read by Siobhan Redmond.
Description: 9 audio discs (10.5 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: A discovery --
The painting --
The painter --
Minister Street --
Man in black --
The talk of London --
A man in full --
the attack --
The theater of life --
Seizure and theft --
The trial --
The escape --
Velázquez on Broadway --
The escape artist --
The vanishing --
Seeing is believing --
The ghost of a picture --
An infinite number of Charleses --
Lost and found --
Saved.
Responsibility: Laura Cumming.

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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. But in making his theory public, Snare was ostracized, victim to aristocrats and critics who accused him of fraud, and forced to choose, like Velazquez himself, between art and family.

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