The Forger's Spell He was an artist of spectacularly modest skills, as the critics of his day often reminded him. Yet in a 15-year-long exhibition of imagination, daring,… The Forger's Spell He was an artist of spectacularly modest skills, as the critics of his day often reminded him. Yet in a 15-year-long exhibition of imagination, daring,… 2008-06-24 Art/Fine Art Nonfiction HarperCollins
Book Review

The Forger's Spell (2008)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 24, 2008; Writer: Edward Dolnick; Genres: Art/Fine Art, Nonfiction; Publisher: HarperCollins

He was an artist of spectacularly modest skills, as the critics of his day often reminded him. Yet in a 15-year-long exhibition of imagination, daring, and wounded pride, Dutch painter Han van Meegeren perpetrated the most spectacular art hoaxes of the last century: One of his creations, a fake Vermeer, ended up in the private collection of Nazi leader Hermann Goering. Moving beyond a mere retelling of a remarkable crime, Edward Dolnick adds brushstrokes of fine detail, examining the cult of Vermeer, the unlikely rivalry between Hitler and Goering, and, most interestingly, the peculiar psyche of the master art forger in The Forger's Spell. B+

Originally posted Jun 13, 2008 Published in issue #998 Jun 20, 2008 Order article reprints
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