Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
“Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Young Woman, oil on canvas, 104 by 86 centimeters” holds a deep dark secret. A secret if told could destroy many lives and cause catastrophic events to three major world powers. Since it’s existence lives have been altered through no fault of it’s owners. But a painting such as this, brings monies into the millions. What is it about this painting that everyone wants and yet, no one wants the secrets inside revealed? Who holds the key? Only one man can find this key an expert art restorer by the name of Gabriel Allon.
Gabriel Allon is very well known for his work in restoring old paintings from Van Gogh to Rembrandts. He has restored paintings in the past that seemed doomed to be tossed into the fire. But as a lover of beautiful things no job is too difficult or unpleasant a task.
Julian Isherwood a well known art dealer has a client ready to buy the painting for $35 million. He hired Christopher Liddell to restore the painting and now Liddell is dead and the painting missing. Julian feeling there is something a miss calls on a friend from the past Gabriel Allon. For not only is Gabriel an art restorer, but also a retired Israeli Agent. Julian has worked with Gabriel in the past and he knows that Gabriel is the right man for the job. How to convince him to assist? Maybe if Gabriel knew the history behind the missing painting.
Martin Landesmann a wealthy billionaire is interested in finding the painting, Peter Voss is a man not wanting the painting to be found, and Lena Herzfield never wants to see this painting again. Their lives are intertwined in the mystery behind and the unveiling of “Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Young Woman, oil on canvas, 104 by 86 centimeters”.
Daniel Silva captivates the reader with his style of writing and experience to detail. Though this is fictional work some of it is real and leaves it to the reader to decipher. However, the experience of Lena Herzfield and the art dealers depict the tragedy's that occurred during World War II and continue to occur in this present day.