"This catalog accompanies the exhibition Sublime Beauty: Raphael's Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn on display at Cincinnati Art Museum from October 3, 2015-January 3, 2016 and at The Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco from January 9-April 10, 2016."
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 Velazquez, he bought the picture and set out to discover its strange history. A fusion of detection and biography, this book pays homage to the Spanish master Velazquez.
The author has been conducting ongoing conversations with the world's greatest living artists since he began in Switzerland, aged 19, with Fischli and Weiss. In this book, he chooses nineteen of the greatest figures and presents their conversations, offering the reader intimacy with the artists and insight into their creative processes.
On a dark night in Provence in December 1888 Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. The author sets out to discover exactly what happened that night in Arles. Why would an artist at the height of his powers commit such a brutal act? Who was the mysterious 'Rachel' to whom he presented his macabre gift? Was it just his lobe, or his entire ear?