The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez

The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez


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.

Laura Cumming explores the startling trial involving John Snare, a Reading bookseller who in 1845 came across the dirt-blackened portrait of a prince at a country house auction. Suspecting that it might be a long-lost Velázquez, he bought the picture and set out to discover its strange history.

At first pursuing the picture and the life and work of the elusive painter, Cumming found herself following the bookseller's fortunes as well – from fame to ruin and exile, making a surprising discovery of her own whilst on his trail. Most movingly, The Vanishing Man is an eloquent and passionate homage to the Spanish master.

Product Code 1044120
Author Laura Cumming
Publisher Chatto & Windus
Published Jan 2016
Format Paperback
Pages 304
Dimensions 16.3 x 2.8 x 22.1 cm
ISBN 9780099587040
GTIN 9780099587040
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