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  • Laura Cumming
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  • 06 February 2018
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free read ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Laura Cumming Laura Cumming ↠ 3 free download review The Vanishing Man In Pursuit of Velazuez 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 elouent and passionate homage to the Spanish master Velázuez bringing us closer to the creation and appreciation of his works than ever befor. 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 Velazuez 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 Velazuez s life and especially his art It is a very interesting story but where the book excels for me are the passages where Cumming writes about Velazuez s paintings She writes with a love and a reverence for his art which I found inspiring and movingI switched between the hardback edition and the audio for this book The audio was very ably narrated by Siobhan Redmond but I was glad to have the book as well mainly for the beautiful colour plates of Velzuez s paintings especially the iconic Las Meninas Scarred Experiments with Violence in Gujarat reverence for his art which I found inspiring and movingI switched between the hardback edition and the audio for this book The audio was very ably narrated by Siobhan Redmond but I was glad to have the book as well mainly for the beautiful colour plates of Velzuez s paintings especially the iconic Las Meninas

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free read ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Laura Cumming Laura Cumming ↠ 3 free download review The Vanishing Man In Pursuit of Velazuez 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 exileAn innovative fusion of detection and biography this book shows how and. 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 rather slim and dusty hall you may shut yourself out from the present In this silent place may be seen a magnificent painting a portrait of Charles I painted by the great V lazuez This is truly superb New York Times March 1860Laura Cumming art critic and author of this non fiction book says Or rather in the drowsy shadows of a library in winter I came upon a curious Victorian pamphlet stitched into a leather bound miscellany between a uaint history of the Hawaiian Islands and a collection of short stories ominously titled Fact and Fiction The pamphlet had been written and published by John Snare a bookseller in Reading England It referred to a portrait of Prince Charles the future Charles I of England painted in 1623 by Diego V lazuez And thus began a uest to discover about said painting This is a story within a story within a story Ms Cumming renders homage to artist V lazuez 1599 1660 and provides a biographical sketch of him Her paean of praise alternates with the story of what the bookseller found where he found it how he became obsessed with the find and what the conseuences were Then as the third story we learn about Ms Cumming s search for further details of the Charles I portrait All in all an interesting labyrinth of a bookIn fact it seems that V lazuez s personal information is rather sketchy Ms Cumming suggests that we get to know him through his art and then she discusses several of his works including the magnificent Las Meninas 1656 However much is known about V lazuez s professional life A memoir had been written during his own life and subseuently in 1739 Antonio Palomino s Works of the Most Eminent Spanish Painters had been published The section on V lazuez detailed several of his paintings The artist was an instant success In 1623 he travelled to Madrid to promote himself and his work and his portfolio consisted of his painting The Water Seller of Seville An influential person Juan de Fonseca immediately bought the painting sat for his own portrait to be painted and a day later tra laaa it was ready and met with much acclaim Before long V lazuez was the Court painter A contemporary of Caravaggio Rembrandt Rubens and Poussin he held his own in exalted company Artist douard Manet was apparently an ardent admirer of V lazuez s workSelf portrait of Diego V lazuez 1643 John Snare s story reads like a thriller Not much was known in England about V lazuez at that time he was referred to as Valasky Velasco and various other permutations and the portrait in uestion had been attributed to Van Dyck Without going into any details and spoiling the book for you let me simply mention that Snare ran into all sorts of problems not least because he was a mere tradesman who was held to merely be dabbling with things that he oughtn t have bothered with He was up against money nobility and a well established art critic the polymath William Stirling Maxwell view spoiler It cost him his marriage his family including a newborn baby whom he might not have seen as a child as well as his bookstore and all his belongings other than the V lazuez hide spoiler The Year's Best Horror Stories 15 ruin and exileAn innovative fusion of detection and biography this book shows how and. 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free read ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Laura Cumming Laura Cumming ↠ 3 free download review The Vanishing Man In Pursuit of Velazuez 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 Velázuez 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. 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 Van Dyck However Charles is so young in the picture that Snare believes it might be the rumoured but never seen painting by Vel zuez executed when Charles visited the Spanish court as a young prince to woo King Philip IV s daughter At this point in time virtually no one outside Spain has ever seen a Vel zuez Snare buys the painting for 8 He removes some of the grime from a corner of the picture with a moistened finger and loves what he uncovers His uest now is to prove to the world it s the Vel zuez painting The other subject of this book is the largely mysterious Vel zuez himself a man who left virtually no written account of his life and didn t even sign his paintings Vel zuez was my old history of art teacher s favourite painter and I know she would love the elouence of praise Cummings heaps on the Spanish painterThe author Laura Cummings does a great job of intertwining the two narratives Snare s story is a tale of obsessive self destructive love of the little man fighting the establishment of class prejudice and ineuality Just as he is beginning to convince the world his painting is the Vel zuez it is repossessed by its supposed former owners an aristocratic Scottish family and a protracted court case begins in the process of which Snare goes bankrupt and has to auction all his belongings leaving his wife and children in poverty The only thing of worth he doesn t sell is the painting even though the proceeds would have solved all his financial difficulties He can t bring himself to part with the picture Instead he flees with it to New York At this point the painting and his sense of injustice has become precious to him than his wife and family The outcome of this book s investigations is a bit of a let down We don t get a happy or tidy ending No reproduction of this painting exists and the painting which caused John Snare so much suffering has vanished without trace Rather like Vel zuez the man I enjoyed this for several reasons The insights it gave into the snobbery and sense of entitlement of the upper classes in Victorian Britain and the virtually insurmountable obstacles placed in the way of the common man with cultural aspirations were especially fascinating Also it s a fabulous detective story at times It also offers an inspired and inspiring evaluation of the art of Vel zuez