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Henry Walters and Bernard Berenson : collector and connoisseur

Author: Stanley Mazaroff
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""What transpires when a self-described capitalist engages a world-renowned connoisseur of Renaissance Italian art to refine and enhance his vast collection? Stanley Mazaroff explores in depth the complex relationship and the exchanges between Baltimore collector Henry Walters and scholar Bernard Berenson. The years covered in his study, principally 1910 through 1916, proved critical for both of them: Berenson was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
biografi
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mazaroff, Stanley.
Henry Walters and Bernard Berenson.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
(OCoLC)760229509
Named Person: Henry Walters; Bernard Berenson; Bernard Berenson; Henry Walters; Bernard Berenson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley Mazaroff
ISBN: 9780801895128 080189512X
OCLC Number: 436221309
Notes: "In association with The Walters Art Museum."
Description: xv, 212 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Berenson's mission --
Walters's cultivation --
One copy on top of another --
The Massarenti collection --
A remarkable acquisition --
The sacrifice of candor for acclaim --
The Walters-Berenson contract --
The paintings Berenson sold to Walters --
Berenson's Faustian bargain with Duveen --
The judgment of Berenson --
The unfinished catalogue --
A museum in repose --
The line between fact and fiction --
Faded memories --
Afterword --
Appendixes --
Selected correspondence between Walters and Berenson --
Lists of paintings.
Responsibility: Stanley Mazaroff ; foreword by William R. Johnston.

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Based primarily on correspondence and other archival documents recently discovered at the Walters Art Museum and the Villa I Tatti in Florence, the intriguing story of Walters and Berenson offers  Read more...

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