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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.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: ND1662.M43 D65 2008

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    Summary
    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.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Dolnick, Edward, 1952-
    Published
    New York : Harper, c2008
    Locale
    Netherlands
    Edition
    1st ed
    Contents
    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.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-330) and index.
    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.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780060825416
    0060825413 (hbk.)
    Physical Description
    xii, 349 p., [16] p. of plates ; ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.

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