The Forger's Spell by Edward Dolnick

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As riveting as a World War II thriller, The Forger's Spell is the true story of three men and an extraordinary deception: the revered artist Johannes Vermeer; the small-time Dutch painter who dared to impersonate him years later; and the con man's mark, Hermann Goering, the fanatical art collector and one of Nazi Germany's most reviled leaders.


About Edward Dolnick

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Edward Dolnick is the author of Down the Great Unknown and the Edgar Award-winning The Rescue Artist. A former chief science writer at the Boston Globe, he has written for The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. He lives with his wife near Washington, D.C.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Crime, War. Non-fiction

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How a middling Dutch painter passed his own works off as Vermeers — and became “the man who swindled Goering.”

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The author of The Rescue Artist returns with another gripping tale of true-life art crime.

Jul 30 2008 | Read Full Review of The Forger's Spell (P.S.)

Bookmarks Magazine

Critics had nothing but praise for this book, noting that Van Meegeren raised a number of questions about the value of art, especially when the same art critics who had clasped the fake Vermeers to their chests later mocked them as obvious, ugly fakes.

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