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The Vanishing Man In Pursuit of VelazuezNd his standing among the Old Masters It s also the story of one man transfixed to the point of monomania by one of Velazuez s works John Snare a 19th century bookseller and collector Highly recommended They were like guests at a surprise party waiting for your arrival and now you have entered the room their room not the real one around you or so it mysteriously seems The Whole Scene Twinkles With Expectation That Is The First whole scene twinkles with expectation That is the first on the threshold of the gallery in the Prado where Las Meninas hangs that you have walked into their world and become suddenly as present to them as they are to youAnd what eeps them here what eeps them alive or so the artist implies is not just the painting but you It has been twenty plus years since I was last in the Prado but I do still remember this painting It wasn t a scene that would usually be of much interest to me At first glance there is nothing really going on in this painting barring a princess getting ready for a ball or a dinner party or to meet some dignitaries from another court from another country It would be easy to pass it by except for the scale of the painting It is huge Instead of scurrying on past I suddenly found myself trapped under the gaze of the painting These people all long dead but very much alive are looking at me as if I just interrupted their activities by walking in the room These sensations I felt that day all come back to me when I read Laura Cumming s description above I without intention have fallen into 1656 Of course in real life we can t stare at people like I stared at the people in this painting i think that at any second painting I think that at any

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little girl lift a hand to her face and giggle or Velazuez himself would raise an eyebrow at my imprudence They are so guileless and welcoming Velazuez has immortalized all these people from the dwarfs to the ladies in waiting from the artist to the ing and ueen reflected in the mirror as if everyone in this painting were at least in paint eual For Velazuez everyone is uniue and by him showing us their remarkableness they become indispensible to the rest of us He finds a Venus and a Mars in the humble people around him sees a ing as compellingly ordinary and is able to make an old man selling water seem like an ancient prophet There is an extraordinary euality to his empathetic gaze If Velazuez had only painted Las Meninas he would have been immortal but luckily for the rest of us he shared his gift in a number of paintings not enough mainly because he became so successful in the court of Philip IV that his duties to the ing beyond just painting portraits were taken up with tasks that would have been better left to others The story may have begun in the 17th century but the second act happened in the 19th century when a bookseller by the name of John Snare bought a painting at a liuidation sale Take it from me booksellers are always trouble and Snare was no exceptio. Why great works of art can affect us even to the point of mania And on the trail of John Snare Cumming makes a surprising discovery of her own But most movingly The Vanishing Man is an elouent and passionate homage to the Spanish master Velázuez bringing us closer to the creation and appreciation of his works than ever befor. ,

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War loot captured by the Duke of Wellington from the abandoned baggage "Of Joseph Buonaparte Lately "Joseph Buonaparte lately of Spain after his defeat at the battle of Vittoria 18 B 73% More than Satisfactory Notes Like a box too big for its baubles it s profuse in puffy packing peanuts padding a box too big for its baubles it s profuse in puffy packing peanuts padding vacuities with filler art analyses In 1845 a humble bookseller named John Snare bought a painting at an auction which was listed as being probably a Van Dyck but which he was convinced was a Velazuez This book tells the story of how that purchase took over Snare s life not always for the better Along the way Cumming writes a good deal about Velazuez s life and especially his art It is a very interesting story but where the book excels for me are the passages where Cumming writes about Velazuez s paintings She writes with a love and a reverence for his art which I found inspiring and movingI switched between the hardback edition and The Audio For This Book The Audio Was Very Ably audio for this book The audio was very ably by Siobhan Redmond but I was glad to have the book as well mainly for the beautiful colour plates of Velzuez s paintings especially the iconic Las Meninas There is something intensely romantic in the fact that while walking up Broadway in the midst of a busy noonday crowd made up of Bulls and Bears rattling omnibuses express wagons Fifth avenue carriages railroad ticket offices big hotels big coaches hurrying passengers to steam on water or land in a few moments and by passing through a rather slim and dusty hall you may shut yourself out from the present In this silent place may be seen a magnificent painting a portrait of Charles I painted by the great V lazuez This is truly superb New York Times March 1860Laura Cumming art critic and author of this non fiction boo Two enigmatic men are the subject of this book John Snare a bookseller and printer is an ordinary Victorian man who in 1845 attends an inauspicious auction of artefacts from a boys school that has closed down There he sees a An obsession with a work of art led to the ruin of a British man John Snare In 1845 Snare purchased an old painting at an auction He thought it might be a painting of Charles I painted by Velazuez when the future English ing visited Madrid In this true story author Laura Cumming tells about Snare s infatuation and eventual financial ruin He lost his bookstore and print shop left his family and devoted his life to researching and showing the painting The book also discusses Velazuez s artistic gifts and his life as a painter and a courtier in the 17th Century Cumming continued Snare s detective work with only written descriptions guiding her The portrait of Charles I disappeared after Snare s death and no one nows if it was destroyed or is now in a private collection The book combines a mystery a biography and art history into an interesting story that art lovers should enjoy An excellent overview of the work of Diego Velazuez Search of her own At first she was pursuing the picture and the life and work of the elusive painter but then she found herself following the bookseller’s fortunes too – from London to Edinburgh to nineteenth century New York from fame to ruin and exileAn innovative fusion of detection and biography this book shows how and. ,
I love Velasuez and I like true detective stories but for me this book has been a bit overhyped The basic problem is that despite all the research Laura Cumming has done ultimately there is very little nown about Velasuez life and background A masterful painter he may have been but as a personality he s no Carravagio or Van Gogh Likewise John Snare the Reading bookseller who becomes obsessed with the portrait of the young Charles 1 that he believes to be by Velasuez is also a shadowy 1 that he believes to be by Velasuez is also a shadowy is rather too much detailed analysis of individual paintings and not uite enough history although the book certainly made me want to revisit Velasuez paintings BOTWhttpwwwbbccoukprogrammesb06x8v2Description Laura Cumming charts the obsession of a 19th century Reading bookseller with a portrait of Charles I painted when the Monarch was a young man on a visit to Madrid The Spanish genius Velasuez painted very few pictures so did John Snare discover a long lost treasure And if so where is it nowThis is a story about the intense emotions that great art can provoke passions that sometimes verge on the irrational and which transcend considerations of value John Snare s conviction about the painting he bought evolved into a dispute with those who had money power and influence In a sense the missing Velasuez became a battleground for class war and the individual against the establishment But at the heart of the story lies a work of art created with such skill and delicacy that it inspired the fiercest of feelings and continues to exert its mysterious pull to this dayEpisode 1 An auction bargain ignites a humble bookseller with a lifelong obsession25 It is 1847 and John Snare invites the public to admire his Velazuez portrait35 The Lost Velasuez is put on show in Edinburgh at the beginning of 1849 But soon Snare finds himself having to fend off not just challenges over the portrait s authenticitybut also overownership45 The Velasuez has been restored to Snare but he has now vanished until the portrait is advertised for show on Broadway in 1860 The Reading bookseller has fled to America55 In 1888 a Velasuez portrait of Prince Charles is reported as being lent to the Reading Art Museum by the widow of John Snare Somehow the picture has returned to BritainLaura Cumming how Vel zuez gave me consolation in grief and set me on the trail of a lost portrait Hmm a nice bookChapters mostly alternate between the story of one John Snare a mid ninetenth century bookseller stationer and printer from Reading who bought at auction a painting that he became convinced was a portrait of Charles I by Vel zuez and chapters generally about Vel zuezIf I May Be So may be so I like Vel zuez and one of my pleasures is to admire his works as presented in the National Gallery in London where I might see his Majesty King Philip IV or Christ visiting Mary Martha and thanks to this book I learn that many of those pictures are. In 1845 a Reading bookseller named John Snare came across the dirt blackened portrait of a prince at a country house auction Suspecting that it might be a long lost Velázuez he bought the picture and set out to discover its strange history When Laura Cumming stumbled on a startling trial involving John Snare it sent her on