The Flanders Panel
title La tabla de Flandes
) is a novel
written by Spanish
author Arturo Pérez-Reverte
, 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 — appearing as the cover of the book —called La partida de ajedrez
(The Chess Game
) reading "Qvis Necavit Eqvitem", written in Latin
: "Who killed the knight?").
With the help of her old friend and father-figure, the flamboyantly homosexual 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.
British film Uncovered
, starring Kate Beckinsale
and John Wood
, is a cinematic adaptation of the novel.
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