By Aaron Elkins
Mild‑mannered and law‑abiding, Chris Norgren, curator of Renaissance and Baroque paintings on the Seattle paintings Museum, is an not likely undercover investigator, but if a worthwhile Rubens portrait is came across in a cargo of “authentic reproductions” in a neighborhood warehouse, Chris is pressed into provider to determine the way it received there. the hunt leads him to the medieval urban of Bologna, one in every of his favourite locations, yet all too quickly what could have been a welcome Italian interlude becomes a weird and wonderful trip into shady artwork global doings and murderous secrets and techniques . . .
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Extra info for A Glancing Light (Chris Norgren)
Amedeo Di Vecchio, Cinquecento scholar and eminent director of the Pinacoteca Nazionale, looked up from his tortellini di erbetta and squinted penetratingly at me through rectangular, gold-rimmed glasses that sat crookedly on a long, pinched nose. "Is he involved in some way? " "I don't know, Amedeo," I said as if the question hadn't been nibbling at my mind too. "I only met him once. I wouldn't say I'd trust him with my life, but as to his having any part in the thefts . " Max Cabot's rolling chuckle drowned me out.
I asked. Blusher shrugged. I lifted the panel, turned it over, and put it carefully back on the padded shelf, facedown, so the back was visible. "Just what I thought," I said after a second. " Blusher leaped up. "It's re舒" "Not the painting," I said hurriedly. " "The panel? " He gave a croak of laughter. " I gestured at the back of the panel; it was made of two broad oak planks joined together, then enclosed in the groove of a sturdy, simple frame. "This black marking舒like a V with a wreath around it舒that's the logo of the Guild of St.
Mr. Blusher will receive a substantial reward, according to a spokesman from Assicurazioni Generali of Milan, which insures Mrs. Gozzi's collection. A second object unexplainably included in the shipment was a panel bearing the purported signature of the fifteenth-century Dutch artist Jan van Eyck. This was denounced by Mr. Norgren as a forgery, although he identified the wood on which it was painted as an authentic Dutch art panel several hundred years old. None of the twenty-four other paintings from the three thefts has been reliably located, although rumors abound.
A Glancing Light (Chris Norgren) by Aaron Elkins