The Art Detective

The Art Detective : Fakes, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures

By (author) Philip Mould , Narrator James Langton

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What separates a masterpiece from a piece of junk? Thanks to the BBC's "Antiques Roadshow" and its American spin-off, everyone is searching garage sales and hunting online for hidden gems, wondering whether their attics contain trash or treasures. In "The Art Detective," Philip Mould, one of the world's foremost authorities on British portraiture and an irreverent and delightful expert for the "Roadshow," serves up his secrets and his best stories, blending the technical details of art detection and restoration with juicy tales peopled by a range of eccentric collectors, scholars, forgers, and opportunities. Each chapter focuses on one particular painting and the mystery that surrounds it. Mould is our trusty detective, tracking down clues, uncovering human foibles, and following hunches until the truth is revealed. Mould is known for his ability to crack the toughest puzzles, and whether he's writing about a fake Norman Rockwell, a hidden Rembrandt, or a lost Gainsborough, he brings both the art and the adventure to life. "The Art Detective" is memoir, mystery, art history, and brilliant yarn all rolled into one.

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  • CD-Audio
  • 162.56 x 172.72 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • 24 Jun 2010
  • Tantor Media, Inc
  • Old Saybrook, CT
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Library ed
  • 1400146984
  • 9781400146987
  • 1,450,401

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Philip Mould appears regularly on the BBC's "Antiques Roadshow" and hosted the Channel 4 series "Changing Faces," about the evolution of portraiture. Known as "the art detective," he is the art adviser to the British House of Commons and House of Lords. Actor and musician James Langton, an "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner, has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestseller "The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud" by Julia Navarro and "The Demon's Lexicon" by Sarah Rees Brennan.

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"Mould's tone is as amiable as actor/musician James Langton's narration is agreeable." ---Library Journal

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