The Vanishing Velázquez,  by Laura Cumming

The Vanishing Velázquez, by Laura Cumming

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"Brilliant.... Positively fizzes with ideas, not just about art but about human nature." Nick Hornby in The Observer.

A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Nonfiction Book.

This book is a “brilliant” (The Atlantic) tale of mystery and detection, of tragic mishaps and mistaken identities, of class, politics, snobbery, crime, and almost farcical accident that reveals how one historic masterpiece was crafted and lost, and how far one man would go to redeem it. Laura Cumming’s book is “sumptuous...A gleaming work of someone at the peak of her craft” (The New York Times).

The Vanishing Velazquez is a riveting detective story and a brilliant reconstruction of an art controversy, but it is also a homage to the art of Velazquez, written by a critic who remains spellbound by his genius, as readers will be spellbound by this book. - Colm Toibin