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The forger's spell : a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century / Edward Dolnick.

Authors: Dolnick, Edward, 1952-
Call number: 759.9492 Meegeren DOL
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2008.
Publication date: c2008.
Subject: Art treasures in war -- Netherlands -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war.
Meegeren, Han van, 1889-1947.
Vermeer, Johannes, 1632-1675 -- Forgeries.
Title: The forger's spell : a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century / Edward Dolnick.
Edition: 1st ed.
Physical description: xii, 349 p., [16] p. of plates ; ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Contents note: OCCUPIED HOLLAND. A knock on the door -- Looted art -- The outbreak of war -- Quasimodo -- The end of forgery? -- Forgery 101 -- The war against the Jews -- The forger's challenge -- Bargaining with vultures -- Van Meegeren's tears -- HERMANN GOERING AND JOHANNES VERMEER. Adolf Hitler -- Chasing Vermeer -- Goering's art collection -- Insights from a forger -- The amiable psychopath -- Goering's prize -- Vermeer, superstar -- A ghost's fingerprints -- THE SELLING OF CHRIST AT EMMAUS. Two forged Vermeers -- The expert's eye -- A forger's lesson -- Bredius -- "Without any doubt!" -- The uncanny valley -- Betting the farm -- Lady and Gentleman at the Harpsichord -- Dick Hannema -- The choice -- The Caravaggio connection -- In the forger's studio -- Underground tremors -- The summer of 1937 -- The lamb at the bank -- "Every inch a Vermeer" -- Two weeks and counting -- Too late! -- The last hurdle -- The unveiling -- ANATOMY OF A HOAX. Scandal in the archives -- All in the timing -- Believing is seeing -- The men who knew too much -- Blue Monday -- He who hesitates -- The great changeover -- THE CHASE. The secret in the salt mine -- The dentist's tale -- Goering on the run -- The nest egg -- Trapped! -- "I painted it myself!" -- Command performance -- The evidence piles up -- The trial -- The players make their exits.
Summary note: As riveting as a World War II thriller, The Forger's Spell is the true story of Johannes Vermeer and the small-time Dutch painter, Han van Meegeren, who dared to impersonate Vermeer centuries later. The con man's mark was Hermann Goering, one of the most reviled leaders of Nazi Germany and a fanatic collector of art.
Biography note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-330) and index.
ISBN: 9780060825416 (hbk.)
0060825413 (hbk.)
LCCN: 2007036578
Url for this record: http://sherloc.indypl.org/?itemid=|library/marc/dynix|1151876
Bib No.: 1151876

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