The Flanders Panel
|Original title||La tabla de Flandes|
|Translator||Margaret Jull Costa|
|Publisher||Alfaguara (First edition),
Harcourt Brace & Company (First English edition)
Published in English
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
ISBN 0-15-148926-2 (first English edition)
The Flanders Panel (original Spanish title La tabla de Flandes) is a novel written by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte in 1990, telling of a mystery hidden in an art masterpiece spanning from the 15th century to the present day.
Julia, an art restorer and evaluator living in Madrid, discovers a painted-over message on a 1471 Flemish masterpiece called La partida de ajedrez (The Chess Game) which reads "Quis Necavit Equitem", written in Latin (English: "Who killed the knight?"). The painting appears as the cover of the book in some editions.
With the help of her old friend and father-figure, an antiques dealer named César, and Muñoz, a quiet local chess master, Julia works to uncover the mystery of a 500-year-old murder. At the same time, however, Julia faces danger of her own; as several people helping her along her search are also murdered.
- "The Flanders Panel". Retrieved 2010-06-25.