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The American Leonardo : a tale of obsession, art and money

Author: John Brewer
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In The American Leonardo, John Brewer traces the twisting path of the Hahn La Belle-a painting of famously uncertain origin-as he illuminates the workings of the twentieth-century art market, exploring such larger questions about the art world such as how attributions are made, how they affect both the status and value of artworks, and how the entire system of art dealers, curators, and connoisseurs authenticates  Read more...
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Named Person: Leonardo, da Vinci; Harry Hahn
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Brewer
ISBN: 9780195396904 0195396901
OCLC Number: 312729860
Description: ix, 310 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: John Brewer.

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For artists and art-lovers, collectors and curators--and for anyone who's ever stood in front of a painting and wondered about its story--"The American Leonardo" offers a discerning and entertaining  Read more...

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"Brewer is a fine ringmaster.... He paints thorough pictures of each player."--Publishers Weekly"A fascinating book...a gripping fable of the never-ending conflict between art and money."--The Mail Read more...

 
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