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The Vanishing Man 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 Vel Zquez, 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 Vel Zquez, Bringing Us Closer To The Creation And Appreciation Of His Works Than Ever Before 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 Vel Zquez, Written By A Critic Who Remains Spellbound By His Genius, As Readers Will Be Spellbound By This Book Colm T Ib N


10 thoughts on “The Vanishing Man

  1. says:

    They were like guests at a surprise party waiting for your arrival and now you have entered the room their room, not the real one around you or so it mysteriously seems The whole scene twinkles with expectation That is the first sensation on the threshold of the gallery in the Prado where Las Meninas hangs that you have walked


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    Two enigmatic men are the subject of this book John Snare, a bookseller and printer, is an ordinary Victorian man who in 1845 attends an inauspicious auction of artefacts from a boys school that has closed down There he sees a painting which casts a spell over him It s a portrait of King Charles I, listed in the catalogue as possibly by


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    There is something intensely romantic in the fact that while walking up Broadway in the midst of a busy noonday crowd made up of Bulls and Bears, rattling omnibuses, express wagons, Fifth avenue carriages, railroad ticket offices, big hotels, big coaches hurrying passengers to steam on water or land in a few moments, and by passing through a rathe


  4. says:

    An excellent overview of the work of Diego Velazquez and his standing among the Old Masters It s also the story of one man transfixed to the point of monomania by one of Velazquez s works, John Snare, a 19th century bookseller and collector Highly recommended.


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    BOTWhttp www.bbc.co.uk programmes b06x8vq2Description Laura Cumming charts the obsession of a 19th century Reading bookseller with a portrait of Charles I painted when the Monarch was a young man on a visit to Madrid The Spanish genius Velasquez painted very few pictures, so did John Snare discover a long lost treasure And if so, where is it now This is a story about


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    An obsession with a work of art led to the ruin of a British man, John Snare In 1845, Snare purchased an old painting at an auction He thought it might be a painting of Charles I, painted by Velazquez when the future English king visited Madrid In this true story, author Laura Cumming tells about Snare s infatuation and eventual financial ruin He lost his bookstore and print s


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    In 1845, a humble bookseller named John Snare bought a painting at an auction, which was listed as being probably a Van Dyck but which he was convinced was a Velazquez This book tells the story of how that purchase took over Snare s life, not always for the better Along the way, Cumming writes a good deal about Velazquez s life and especially his art It is a very interesting story but w


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    From BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week Laura Cumming charts the obsession of a 19th century Reading bookseller with a portrait of Charles I painted when the Monarch was a young man on a visit to Madrid The Spanish genius Velasquez painted very few pictures, so did John Snare discover a long lost treasure And if so, where is it now Episode 2 The portrait is set before the public and the press in the s


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    I love Velasquez and I like true detective stories but, for me, this book has been a bit overhyped The basic problem is that, despite all the research Laura Cumming has done, ultimately there is very little known about Velasquez life and background A masterful painter he may have been but as a personality he s no Carravagio or Van Gogh Likewise, John Snare, the Reading bookseller, who becomes obsessed with


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    This is by far the strangest book I have ever read The tenses switch randomly from past to present and back again The writing style is almost mystical the descriptions of the art reverential Most odd is the elusive subject matter Was there really a vanished Vel z...


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