Laura Cumming, The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez


For those of you who loved Donna Tart’s The Goldfinch, this is a true story about a 19th century English bookseller who came across what he thought was an original Velázquez painting. In 1845 John Snare purchased the picture for £8 and then spent the rest of his life trying to prove its worth. Author Laura Cummings - the Observer’s Art Critic - weaves this desperate tale alongside in-depth critiques of Velázquez’s paintings. Complete with beautiful illustrations this book becomes a fascinating study in obsession.

Words by Tallulah Brown. The Iris Letter February 2017