By Aaron Elkins
Mild‑mannered and law‑abiding, Chris Norgren, curator of Renaissance and Baroque artwork on the Seattle artwork Museum, is an not going undercover investigator, but if a important Rubens portrait is chanced on in a cargo of “authentic reproductions” in a neighborhood warehouse, Chris is pressed into provider to determine the way it acquired there. the hunt leads him to the medieval urban of Bologna, one in all his favourite locations, yet all too quickly what could have been a welcome Italian interlude becomes a weird and wonderful trip into shady artwork international doings and murderous secrets and techniques . . .
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It depended. He had a sliding price scale. So much for the ones he painted all by himself, so much for the ones his assistants did some of the work on, so much for the ones he simply approved. " "I love it. " "Not by a long shot. Anyhow, nowadays it's next to impossible to prove beyond doubt which is which, since most of them have his signature. " "But that still doesn't make them forgeries, does it? " "No, but it makes it awfully easy for other people to fake them. You see, the most convincing Rubens forgery舒or any other Old Master forgery舒isn't something that was baked in an oven last week.
He nodded and unhooked the lower portion of the door, then carefully barred both sections again once we were inside the dreary little vestibule: no furniture; concrete floor with a worn, narrow carpet runner the original color of which was impossible to tell; nothing on the walls but a couple of flyblown certificates from the building department or the health department, or some such. There was a dank, depressing smell of raw concrete and mold. " He led us through a door and onto the runner, where it continued along the wall of a cavernous unloading area.
Well, a few. Five, to be exact. I've gone over it a thousand times in my mind. Five people. The only thing they didn't know was that poor Ruggero would be there," Ruggero Giampietro was his longtime night watchman, an old friend hired whenever there was something particularly valuable in the shop. " He chewed steadily. " This from Dr. Luca, of course. "I was familiar with your security arrangements," a prickly Di Vecchio pointed out. "I helped you plan them. " He followed this with a happy chuckle.
A Glancing Light (Chris Norgren) by Aaron Elkins