Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez

By Laura Cumming

$20.00

QAGOMA Members' Bookclub title for 2021

The captivating and mysterious tale of a Victorian bookseller whose fate was changed forever by the great painter Velazquez

In 1845, a Reading bookseller named John Snare came across the dirt-blackened portrait of a prince at a country house auction. Suspecting that it might be a long-lost Velázquez, he bought the picture and set out to discover its strange history - a quest that led from fame to ruin and exile.

Fusing detection and biography, this book shows how and why great works of art can affect us, even to the point of mania. And on the trail of John Snare, Cumming makes a surprising discovery of her own. But most movingly, The Vanishing Man is an eloquent and passionate homage to the Spanish master Velázquez, bringing us closer to the creation and appreciation of his works than ever before.

320 pages
paperback, colour illustrations