Author: John Delacourt
ISBN 13: 978-1-927079-33-1
ISBN 10: 1-927079-33-0
$19.95 Cdn/trade paperback
6″ x 9″
Two secret histories, centuries apart: one is a novella in verse which tells of a Renaissance plot to produce a perfect work of art forgery – the shroud of Turin – and the other tells of a plot to carry out a series of forgeries during the war, as the Nazis threatened to prey on the art treasures of the Vatican.
In the last years of the twentieth century, art dealer Nicholas Kluge, long retired and living like a recluse in a remote corner of Ireland, is at last compelled to reveal them both. Yet determining what is real and what is fake, what is fact and what is fiction, is as complex a proposition as distinguishing light from shade in one man’s final self-portrait.
“Ocular Proof is an enormously courageous and imaginative undertaking, a most creative reflection on the complexity of creativity.”
~Modris Eksteins, author of Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age and Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery, and the Eclipse of Certainty