The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith


If you love to read books about art and/or forgeries, then The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith is a book for you to read.  The book revolves around a painting in the 1600s by Sara de Vos who is the first woman painter to be admitted to the Guild of St Luke’s in Holland.  The painting was unusual because she painted a landscape when women of that time period were usually limited to still life paintings.  It is a well-written story set in 3  different time periods.  The first time period telling Sara’s story; the second time period telling the story of how Ellie Shipley, an Australian student working on her thesis of Dutch women painters is commissioned to produce a forgery of Sara’s work;and the third time period where Marty De Groot, a wealthy art collector who owned the original that was stolen and replaced with the forgery, meets Ellie Shipley,  and both paintings come to light creating a nightmare for Ellie.  The stories are expertly intertwined to create a layered and compelling read.  Another book about forgeries that I found fascinating that you also might want to read is The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro.

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