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  • Published: New York : Harper, c2008.
  • Year Published: 2008
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: xii, 349 p. ; ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780060825416
  • 0060825413

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

by Dolnick, Edward, 1952-

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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.

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.

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Informative and interesting

This was a great book. Not only did I learn about an interesting episode in World War II, I also learned a lot about art, art history, and art forgery. A fun and informative read.

Great History

This is a true story of Vermeer and the forger of his works.

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