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The Art Forger
The Art Forger
Author: B. A. Shapiro
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye. Claire makes her living reproducing f...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781616203160
ISBN-10: 1616203161
Publication Date: 5/21/2013
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 71 ratings
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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mazeydazey avatar reviewed The Art Forger on + 140 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book. It started out slow but about 60 pages in, it clicked for me and I couldn't read it fast enough. I enjoyed how it was written....going back and forth from past to present. The past primarily represented by letters of Belle Gardner and the present, the meat of the story, which included the forgery or as it was referred to, a copy of a copy. One of the things that struck me as so true is we often see only what we want to see and that we all have lines we are willing to cross for whatever reason...we just have to figure how far we will go.

Though this book is based on an actual event most of it is fictional but there was a lot of accuracies regarding art, the art world, paints, textures and forgery techniques; maybe more than most people want to know but I found it fascinating. I definitely recommend this book to others.
junie avatar reviewed The Art Forger on + 630 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A book that intrigues me from page one doesn't happen very often and this one pulled me in immediately. I love a story that combines real people and true events like the 21 year old, $500 million dollar unsolved art theft from a Boston museum with a fictional storyline about Clare, a young talented artist struggling to make a name for herself. This is a "can't put it down" book and I loved it!
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Interesting story about how art forgers operate and about the big heist, including After the Bath by Degas. More technical than I wanted but still very good.

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Claire Roth (Primary Character)
Aidan Markel (Primary Character)
Edgar Degas (Major Character)
Isbella Stewart Gardner (Major Character)