The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century (P.S.)
The Forger's Spell A True Story of Vermeer Nazis and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century - P.S. Author:Edward Dolnick As riveting as a World War II thriller, The Forger's Spell is the true story of Johannes Vermeer and the small-time Dutch painter who dared to impersonate him centuries later. The con man's mark was Hermann Goering, one of the most reviled leaders of Nazi Germany and a fanatic collector of art. It was an almost perfect crime. For seven ... more »years a no-account painter named Han van Meegeren managed to pass off his paintings as those of one of the most beloved and admired artists who ever lived. But, as Edward Dolnick reveals, the reason for the forger's success was not his artistic skill. Van Meegeren was a mediocre artist. His true genius lay in psychological manipulation, and he came within inches of fooling both the Nazis and the world. Instead, he landed in an Amsterdam court on trial for his life. ARTnews called Dolnick's previous book, the Edgar Award-winning The Rescue Artist, "the best book ever written on art crime." In The Forger's Spell, the stage is bigger, the stakes are higher, and the villains are blacker.« less
Lynn A. reviewed The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century (P.S.) on + 2 more book reviews
This excellent book gives a fascinating account of the meticulous work involved in creating a convincing forgery. Forger Hans van Meegeren was in some ways a weaselly con man, but in other aspects an amazing genius. Throw in a few despicable Nazis, an investigator who formerly worked with the Dutch resistance, and a circle of ego-centric art critics, and you have a very readable tale.