The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century

Edward Dolnick


As riveting as a global warfare II mystery, The Forger's Spell is the genuine tale of Johannes Vermeer and the small-time Dutch painter who dared to impersonate him centuries later. The con man's mark used to be Hermann Goering, some of the most reviled leaders of Nazi Germany and a enthusiast collector of paintings.

It was once a nearly excellent crime. For seven years a no-account painter named Han van Meegeren controlled to cross off his work as these of 1 of the main cherished and trendy artists who ever lived. yet, as Edward Dolnick unearths, the cause of the forger's good fortune used to be not his inventive ability. Van Meegeren used to be a mediocre artist. His actual genius lay in mental manipulation, and he got here inside of inches of fooling either the Nazis and the area. as a substitute, he landed in an Amsterdam courtroom on trial for his lifestyles.

ARTnews known as Dolnick's past booklet, the Edgar Award-winning The Rescue Artist, "the most sensible booklet ever written on paintings crime." In The Forger's Spell, the degree is greater, the stakes are better, and the villains are blacker.

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