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    • The Vanishing Velázquez

    • A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece
    • By: Laura Cumming
    • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When John Snare, a 19th-century provincial bookseller, traveled to a liquidation auction, he stumbled on a vivid portrait of King Charles I that defied any explanation. The Charles of the painting was young - too young to be king - and yet also too young to be painted by the Flemish painter to which the work was attributed. Snare had found something incredible - but what? His research brought him to Diego Velázquez, whose long-lost portrait of Prince Charles has eluded art experts for generations.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fascinating study of art history

    • By Ron on 07-02-16

    Regular price: $17.00

    • The Vanishing Man

    • In Pursuit of Velazquez
    • By: Laura Cumming
    • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. 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 Velázquez, 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 a search of her own.

    Regular price: $22.71