The forger's spell : a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century

Edward Dolnick.

Han van Meegeren's story is one of the footnotes to history. Before and during the Second World War, the Dutch painter sold a number of paintings by Vermeer to high Nazi officials, especially Herman Goering. The Dutch people considered him a collaborator. Then, after the war, it was discovered that the "Vermeers" were actually the work of van Meegeren. The man who had duped Goering became a national hero. Dolnick tells the story in an engaging manner, sympathetic to the artist and the art critics who were also fooled. He explains the genius of van Meegeren's choice of Vermeer and how he convinced the Nazis the works were genuine. This is a well-referenced work accessible to the general reader. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


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