Paperback The vanishing man : in pursuit of Velázquez / Laura Cumming.
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: London : Vintage,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780099587040 (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: Chatto & Windus, 2016.
'The Vanishing Man' is an innovative dual biography that becomes an unexpected detective story. Travelling from the Spanish and Papal courts of the 17th-century via the courtrooms of 19th-century Edinburgh and the garrets of Manhattan, it is a gripping depiction of how and why great works of art can affect us, even to the point of mania. Most movingly, it is an evocation of some of the greatest paintings of all time by an author who is an eloquent and passionate admirer, and brings us closer to the creation and appreciation of Velázquez's works than ever before.
306 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm
A fabulous read , combing art history, class prejudice in England and Scotland and European history. It reads like a detective story and describes works of art in a most informative and authoritative way . It opens your eyes to life in the Spanish court at the time of Velasquez ,of 18th century Britain and 19th century America and the way an obsession can ruin a life.The art market is revealed for what it is too.