Finished Edward Dolnick’s book The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century last night. My 15 year old walked into the kitchen where I was reading the book while waiting for the pizza to heat up in the oven for dinner. He was like, “what you reading.” I told him a book about art forgery. He was like, “boring.” Then I read him the subtitle about the Nazi bit and he was hooked. Not enough to actually READ the book but he wanted to know everything. And then asked follow-up questions today about it all.
There is something wonderfully seducing about Nazi’s getting screwed into buying fake art at the same time that they were stealing art from people (a lot of Jews) all over Europe. At least a few people were able to “stick it to ’em” during the war.
And who knew art forgery was so interesting. Of course it is–just hadn’t given it much thought! Now I want to know more. Hmmm.
By the way, the pizza was awesome. If anyone is looking for a great pizza dough recipe that also freezes beautifully, let me know. I’m happy to post it.