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The American Leonardo : a 20th-century tale of obsession, art and money

Author: John Brewer
Publisher: London : Constable, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After the First World War, GI Howard Hahn returned to American with his wife and a wedding present - an unseen Da Vinci painting. They set about putting it up for auction. The painting caused a sensation until the world's leading art critic, Sir Joseph Duveen, called it a fake. The Hahn's took Duveen to court for libel.
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Named Person: Leonardo, da Vinci; Leonardo, da Vinci; Harry Hahn; Joseph Duveen Duveen, Baron; Leonardo da Vinci; Leonardo da Vinci; Howard Hahn; Joseph Duveen; Leonardo da Vinci
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Brewer
ISBN: 9781845298722 1845298721
OCLC Number: 277069058
Description: ix, 388 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The American scene --
The culture of connoisseurship --
Locating Leonardo --
Dealers and clients --
The trials of La Belle Ferronnière --
The battle of the experts --
The view from Kansas --
The rape of La Belle --
True or false in art --
An investment opportunity --
Afterword.
Responsibility: John Brewer.

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John Brewer's magisterial new book explores the story of a single painting and shows how its life reveals the intricacies of the twentieth century's obsession with art, money and taste.  Read more...

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Excellent ... has the unmistakable vibrancy of original research The Sunday Times A gripping fable of the never-ending conflict between art and money. -- Craig Brown's Book of the Week Mail on Sunday Read more...

 
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