Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Girl in Hyacinth Blue - Susan Vreeland This fictitious story revolves around an undiscovered, or perhaps, an unauthenticated Vermeer. It begins in the present day, where a professor invites a colleague to look at a painting he's kept hidden for decades. He insists that the art piece is by Johannes Vermeer: vehement in his study of the brushstrokes and layering of paint as a method of authentication (of style).

Slowly, the story peels back layer by layer the history of the painting -- not unlike the cleaning of an old painting -- going farther and farther back into history, until it gleams anew as when it was first painted, and where its provenance begins.