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Cumming, Laura

Overview
Works: 17 works in 67 publications in 8 languages and 1,374 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Art  Self-portraits  Biography  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: Z325.S667, 759.6
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Laura Cumming
The vanishing Velázquez : a 19th-Century bookseller's obsession with a lost masterpiece by Laura Cumming( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of the world's most expert art critics, the incredible true story--part art history and part mystery--of a Velázquez portrait that went missing and the obsessed nineteenth-century bookseller determined to prove he had found it. 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 Velázquez, whose long-lost portrait of Prince Charles has eluded art experts for generations. Velázquez (1599-1660) was the official painter of the Madrid court, during the time the Spanish Empire teetered on the edge of collapse. When Prince Charles of England--a man wealthy enough to help turn Spain's fortunes--ventured to the court to propose a marriage with a Spanish princess, he allowed just a few hours to sit for his portrait. Snare believed only Velázquez could have met this challenge. But in making his theory public, Snare was ostracized, victim to aristocrats and critics who accused him of fraud, and forced to choose, like Velázquez himself, between art and family. A thrilling investigation into the complex meaning of authenticity and the unshakable determination that drives both artists and collectors of their work, The Vanishing Velázquez travels from extravagant Spanish courts in the 1700s to the gritty courtrooms and auction houses of nineteenth-century London and New York. But it is above all a tale of mystery and detection, of tragic mishaps and mistaken identities, of class, politics, snobbery, crime, and almost farcical accident. It is a magnificently crafted page-turner, a testimony to how and why great works of art can affect us to the point of obsession
A face to the world : on self-portraits by Laura Cumming( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This lavishly illustrated book investigates the drama of the self-portrait, from Durer, Rembrandt and Velasquez to Munch, Picasso, Warhol and the present day
The vanishing man : in pursuit of Velázquez by Laura Cumming( Book )

24 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. When Laura Cumming stumbled on a startling trial involving John Snare, it sent her on a search of her own. At first she was pursuing the picture, and the life and work of the elusive painter, but then she found herself following the bookseller's fortunes too - from London to Edinburgh to nineteenth-century New York, from fame to ruin and exile. An innovative fusion of 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, The Vanishing Man 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
The vanishing Velázquez : a 19th-century bookseller's obsession with a lost masterpiece by Laura Cumming( )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of the world's most expert art critics, the incredible true story--part art history and part mystery--of a Velázquez portrait that went missing and the obsessed nineteenth-century bookseller determined to prove he had found it. 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 Velázquez, whose long-lost portrait of Prince Charles has eluded art experts for generations. Velázquez (1599-660) was the official painter of the Madrid court, during the time the Spanish Empire teetered on the edge of collapse. When Prince Charles of England--a man wealthy enough to help turn Spain's fortunes--ventured to the court to propose a marriage with a Spanish princess, he allowed just a few hours to sit for his portrait. Snare believed only Velázquez could have met this challenge. But in making his theory public, Snare was ostracized, victim to aristocrats and critics who accused him of fraud, and forced to choose, like Velázquez himself, between art and family. A thrilling investigation into the complex meaning of authenticity and the unshakable determination that drives both artists and collectors of their work, The Vanishing Velázquez travels from extravagant Spanish courts in the 1700s to the gritty courtrooms and auction houses of nineteenth-century London and New York. But it is above all a tale of mystery and detection, of tragic mishaps and mistaken identities, of class, politics, snobbery, crime, and almost farcical accident. It is a magnificently crafted page-turner, a testimony to how and why great works of art can affect us to the point of obsession
Der verschwundene Velázquez : ein besessener Sammler, ein verschollenes Gemälde und der grösste Maler aller Zeiten by Laura Cumming( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in German and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vanishing man : in pursuit of Velazquez by Laura Cumming( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

*BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week**Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2016*"The Vanishing Man is a riveting detective story and a brilliant reconstruction of an art controversy, but it is also a homage to the art of Velázquez, written by a critic who remains spellbound by his genius, as readers will be spellbound by this book" - Colm TóibínIn 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 Velázquez, he bought the picture and set out to discover its strange history. When Laura Cumming stumbled on a startling trial involving John Snare, it sent her on a search of her own. At first she was pursuing the picture, and the life and work of the elusive painter, but then she found herself following the bookseller's fortunes too - from London to Edinburgh to nineteenth-century New York, from fame to ruin and exile.An innovative fusion of 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, The Vanishing Man is an eloquent and passionate homage to the Spanish master Velázquez, bringing us closer to the creation and appreciation of his works than ever before
Julian Barnes by Laura Cumming( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ego : the strange and wonderful world of self-portraits( Visual )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art critic Laura Cumming takes a journey through more than five centuries of self-portraits and finds out how the greatest names in western art transformed themselves into their own masterpieces. Examining the works of Dürer, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Warhol, Laura traces the development of the genre, uncovering the ways artists have managed to get their inner and outer selves to match up. She also discusses Courbet with Julian Barnes and Rembrandt's theatricality with Simon Callow
James Cumming : Festival exhibition by James Cumming( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

James Cumming : an appreciation by Jack Firth( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Great works : 50 paintings explored by Tom Lubbock( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Fifty essays on paintings by English art critic and illustrator Tom Lubbock, originally published in the weekly column he wrote for the "Independent" between 2005 and 2010
Contemporary writers( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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1 edition published in 2012 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Okrutne piękno : mistrz i puszysta by Laura Cumming( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Louise Cattrell : coast( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The essay : listener, they wore it!( Recording )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Painting Lolita( Recording )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A face to the world : on self-portraits
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