By Aaron Elkins
While a well known French collector donates a Rembrandt to the museum, curator Chris Norgren travels to Europe on a fact-finding journey that takes a sinister flip. via the writer of A Glancing mild and Make No Bones.
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Tomorrow was the big day, culminating in the opening of the show at Vachey's gallery. , I had my own private interview with Renȳ Vachey, arranged with considerable difficulty before I left Seattle. I intended to meet him head-on about his refusal to allow testing. And if I couldn't get him to change his mind, well, I was damn well going to know the reason why. Chapter 4 Once upon a time the power of the dukes of Burgundy matched that of any ruler in Christendom, including the king of France. Those days are long past, but the splendid ducal palace still stands (it is now Dijon's city hall), and the streets around it舒Dijon's ancienne ville舒are filled with elegant two- and three-story townhouses, built anywhere from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, and scrupulously maintained.
This could be some hoax, some game he's playing. " I sat back and looked at him, thoroughly deflated. "So why are we even talking about it? " "Because," Tony said, "he just might be on the level. What do you want me to do, tell him we're not interested? Tell him to go find some other museum for his lousy Rembrandt? " "Of course not. "Š I laughed. " "Well, neither would I. " "Agreed. But something's clearly fishy here, Tony. Look, why would Vachey donate anything to us? Why not some other museum?
In themselves, restrictions like these are not extraordinary. Donors are always sticking little riders on their bequests that tell you what kind of case something is to be displayed in, or when or where it's to be placed, or what should be next to it, or how it ought to be lit. That, as far as it goes, isn't usually objectionable. These things are gifts, after all, and the people donating them usually love them every bit as much as we do. Why shouldn't they care about what happens to them after they go to a museum?