By Aaron Elkins
Mild‑mannered and law‑abiding, Chris Norgren, curator of Renaissance and Baroque artwork on the Seattle paintings Museum, is an not likely undercover investigator, but if a important Rubens portrait is came across in a cargo of “authentic reproductions” in an area warehouse, Chris is pressed into provider to determine the way it acquired there. the search leads him to the medieval urban of Bologna, certainly one of his favourite areas, yet all too quickly what could have been a welcome Italian interlude becomes a extraordinary trip into shady paintings global doings and murderous secrets and techniques . . .
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He seemed to be doing more cogitating than eating, but somehow the food was disappearing as fast as Max's. Have I stumbled on a new psychological principle? Are people's eating styles extensions of their personalities? I'll have to ask Louis what he thinks. I know he enjoys my theories of psychology every bit as much as I enjoy his on-the-house counseling sessions. After a few minutes the conversation came back to the theft of the Rubens. " Max asked. "I keep thinking about all the inside knowledge they needed.
Her best-known picture, a portrait by Rubens, had been undergoing cleaning at a Bologna restorer's studio at the time, and the discriminating thieves had demonstrated that they knew exactly what they were after by their third burglary, the theft of her Rubens from the restorer's workshop. In accomplishing this, they had apparently been surprised by an elderly night watchman who had paid for his interference with his life. All three burglaries had taken place on the same night, apparently within four hours of each other.
Most of his work deserves its obscurity, but occasionally he created paintings of stunning beauty. Some of them were believed for decades to be by Vermeer, which gives you some idea. The one I had in mind was owned by Ugo Scoccimarro, who was on my list of people to see in Italy, inasmuch as he was lending us four paintings for the exhibition. I had seen the Boursse several years before舒an interior domestic scene, exquisitely done舒and asked Scoccimarro if he would consider selling it. To my surprise he had said yes, as long as it was to a museum.
A Glancing Light (Chris Norgren) by Aaron Elkins