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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

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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. B 73% More than Satisfactory Notes Like a box too big for its baubles it s profuse in puffy packing peanuts padding out vacuities with filler art analyses

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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. Hmm a nice bookChapters mostly alternate between the story of one John Snare a mid ninetenth century bookseller stationer and printer from Reading who bought at auction a painting that he became convinced was a portrait of Charles I by Vel zuez and chapters generally about Vel zuezIf I may be so bold I like Vel zuez and one of my pleasures is to admire his works as presented in the National Gallery in London where I might see his Majesty King Philip IV or Christ visiting Mary Martha and thanks to this book I learn that many of those pictures are war loot captured by the Duke of Wellington from the abandoned baggage of Joseph Buonaparte lately King of Spain after his defeat at the battle of Vittoria 1813 as celebrated by Beethoven Vel zuez was not it seems particularly valued by the Buonapartes a painting by Leonardo and some by some other guy I ve forgotten were packaged up and sent under escort back to Paris but not the Vel zuezs which had been just dragged from Madrid across country and then abandoned in the town of Vittoria one might have thought that Wellington would have returned the looted art works to a newly liberated Spain but good old Albion didn t get the reputation for being perfidious for nothing So I m a soft audience for any book about Vel zuez and easily impressed Cumming plainly loves Vel zuez too her writing about his work glows off the page so much so I am convinced that I could read the book in the darkThe problem is the story of John Snare it is interesting enough and it would make a great five or seven page article in the colour Sunday supplement to your newspaper of choice forgive me for assuming you are as ancient old as myself and as fond of leafing through a newspaper as me but there s not enough to it I feel to sustain half a book so reading I was completely wowed and happy for the first hundred pages then I met my Waterloo or Vittoria and read on with a limpIt is a tale of Nomen ist Omen John Snare was attracted by an advert for an auction spotted a picture at a viewing that captivated him bought it and caught by it became convinced that it was a portrait of Charles I as Prince of Wales painted by Vel zuez while the Prince was attempting not nearly well enough to win himself a Spanish royal bride But at least he left with the painting and on the rebound picked himself up a French princess instead Snare had the painting cleaned he researched it as well he could to establish a provenance for it exhibited it and had various adventures with it He is in Cumming s telling mildly obsessed with the painting sleeping with it in the same room not curled up under it or with it in his loving arms view spoiler as I said mildly obsessed not completely infatuated hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “The Vanishing Man In Pursuit of Velazuez

  1. says:

    B 73% | More than Satisfactory Notes Like a box too big for its baubles it’s profuse in puffy packing peanuts padding out vacuities with filler art analyses

  2. 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 into their world and become suddenly as present to them as they are to youAnd what keeps them here wh

  3. says:

    Two enigmatic men are the subject of this book John Snare a bookseller and printer is an ordinary Victorian man who in 1845 attends

  4. says:

    Hmm a nice bookChapters mostly alternate between the story of one John Snare a mid ninetenth century bookseller stationer and printer

  5. says:

    An excellent overview of the work of Diego Velazuez and his standing among the Old Masters It's also the story of one man t

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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 throug

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    BOTWhttpwwwbbccoukprogrammesb06x8v2Description Laura Cumming charts the obsession of a 19th century Reading boo

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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 Velazuez when the future English ki

  9. says:

    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 espec

  10. says:

    I love Velasuez 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 Velasuez life and

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