Thursday August 13, 2020

Must-read on great art scandal

I Was Vermeer, by Frank Wynne, Bloomsbury, €22.

12th August, 2006

I Was Vermeer, by Frank Wynne, Bloomsbury, €22.

One of the most extraordinary events in the world of art in the 20th century came just after the end of World War II when it emerged that numerous Dutch national treasures had not, as was believed, been painted by the celebrated 17th century Dutch artist Jan Vermeer but by a bitter 20th century painter.

The paintings, which were the only evidence of Vermeer’s middle period (when...

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