The Forgery of Venus

The Forgery of Venus

Large Print - 2008
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Chaz Wilmot makes his living cranking out old-master parodies for ads and magazine covers. When he's offered a job restoring a Venetian palace fresco, he is at first, skeptical--he immediately sees it is more a forgery than a restoration. But he is soon seduced by the challenge and throws himself into the work, doing the job brilliantly.

This feat attracts the attention of Werner Krebs, a shady art dealer who becomes Wilmot's friend and patron. Wilmot is suddenly working with a fervor he hasn't felt in years, but without warning, he finds himself reliving moments from his past--not as memories but as if they are happening all over again. Soon, he believes he can travel back to the 17th century where he lived as the Spanish artist Diego Rodriguez de Silva Velazquez. Wilmot begins to fantasize that as Velazquez, he has created a masterpiece and when the painting actually turns up, he doesn't know if he painted it or if he imagined the whole thing.

Little by little, Wilmot enters a secret world of gangsters, greed and murder, with his mystery patron at the center of it all, either as the mastermind behind a plot to forge a painting worth hundred of millions, or as the man who will save Wilmot from obscurity and madness.

Miraculously inventive, this book cements Gruber's reputation as one of the most imaginative and gifted writers of our time.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, c2008
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780061469039
Branch Call Number: LP F Gru


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Dec 08, 2012

Like his Book of Air & Shadows, this is a guilty pleasure for the thinking person. Finished this about 1 in the morning because after a point I couldn't put it down. Some of the plot points were a stretch, but Gruber writes well enough to pull it all off.

Jul 22, 2011

Really enjoyed this book and devoured it. Terrific story telling. I had not read this author before and immediately went to find out what else he had written that I might like to read. Very cleaver the way he slips around in time, often without us really knowing it for a bit. I just kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. Well done.

Mar 21, 2011

This book was not what I expected. It is a contemporary story that slips into the time of the master artist. I was thinking it would be more about the historical time. Having said that, it however provides an interesting story, though I'm not sure that believable. It's a good read for anyone interested in masterpiece paintings but it's something a little different for those who like historical fiction.


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