Having some familiarity with Bruegal's paintings may keep your interest in this story as a good portion of it concerns the details found in his paintings and the sources of inspiration for these depictions. Surrounding those descriptions of course is the story of an art historian who thinks he has found one of Bruegal's lost paintings and tries to get a hold of it bankrupting himself in the meantime and threatening his happy family life. It's a story of obsession, interpretations of paintings, and finding "a good deal" for priceless art. Very enjoyable!
This story is set in the context of the comic misadventure of a would-be art historian and in the style of a detective novel. It is very good on the historic period and on Breugel's art. I particularly liked how Frayn "reads" a painting in terms of its icongraphy and iconology. Recommended.
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