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*BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week* "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 VelBzquez, written by a critic who remains spellbound by his genius, as readers will be spellbound by this book" - Colm T ibYn 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 VelBzquez, 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 u 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 passion

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780701188443
ISBN-10: 0701188448
Format: Hardback
(221mm x 157mm x 28mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Jan-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Laura Cumming

Laura Cumming has been art critic of the Observer since 1999. Previously, she was a presenter of Nightwaves on Radio 3, arts producer for the BBC World Service and arts editor of the New Statesman. Her previous book, A Face to the World- On Self-Portraits, and the accompanying BBC Four documentary, received widespread critical acclaim.

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