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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (5 April 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783783907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783783908
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'In Painter to the King Sackville has written not only by far the finest novel of its kind that I have ever read, but one of the finest historical novels of recent years' -- Sarah Perry, Guardian

'Working in luminous and meticulous prose, Sackville achieves an almost miraculous intimacy with her subject. Painter to the King is the most engrossing fictional study of visual art I have ever encountered' -- Paraic O'Donnell

'Sackville's sumptuous verbal artistry both fills history's gaps, and offers via its kaleidoscopic language a response to the painting's ever-shifting qualities' -- Arts Desk

'An authentic glimpse into the painter's methods... Superb' --The Times

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This is a portrait of Diego Velazquez, from his arrival at the court of King Philip IV of Spain, to his death 38 years and scores of paintings later. It is a portrait of a relationship that is not quite a friendship, between an artist and his subject. It is a portrait of a ruler, always on duty, and increasingly burdened by a life of public expectation and repeated private grief. And it is a portrait of a court collapsing under the weight of its own excess. Unfolding through series of masterly set-pieces and glancing sketches, this is a novel of brilliance, imagination and sheer style -- about what is shown and what is seen, about art and life.

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