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Book Review: The Vanishing man, In Pursuit of Velázques by Laura Cummings

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4261800f0f2c87240381ad2d560f5103In 1991, in Madrid, where she had fled to grieve the sudden death of her father, Laura Cumming stumbled upon Las Meninas, the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez’s renowned masterpiece in the Prado. The encounter, as she describes it, was an epiphany. Years later, by now the Observer’s art critic, she came upon a pamphlet written by a provincial Victorian tradesman, ominously named John Snare, who had been similarly enraptured by a now lost portrait by the artist of the English Prince Charles, which he…

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