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The Vanishing Man : In Pursuit of Velazquez

Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Biography Prize and the Rathbones Folio Prize. 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 – a quest that led from fame to ruin and exile. Fusing 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

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us closer to the creation and appreciation of his works than ever before.

Product details

Format

Paperback
| 320 pages

Dimensions

131
x 197
x 22mm

| 280g

Publication date
05 Jan 2017

Publisher

Vintage Publishing

Imprint
VINTAGE

Publication City/Country

London, United Kingdom

Language

English

ISBN10
0099587041

ISBN13
9780099587040

Bestsellers rank

98,244

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