Author: Stanley Mazaroff Publisher: JHU Press ISBN: 1421440466 Category : Art Languages : en Pages : 247
Collecting Italian Renaissance paintings during America’s Gilded Age was fraught with risk because of the uncertain identities of the artists and the conflicting interests of the dealers. Stanley Mazaroff’s fascinating account of the close relationship between Henry Walters, founder of the legendary Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and Bernard Berenson, the era’s preeminent connoisseur of Italian paintings, richly illustrates this important chapter of America’s cultural history. When Walters opened his Italianate museum in 1909, it was labeled as America’s “Great Temple of Art.” With more than 500 Italian paintings, including self-portraits purportedly by Raphael and Michelangelo, Walters’s collection was compared favorably with the great collections in London, Paris, and Berlin. In the midst of this fanfare, Berenson contacted Walters and offered to analyze his collection, sell him additional paintings, and write a scholarly catalogue that would trumpet the collection on both sides of the Atlantic. What Berenson offered was what Walters desperately needed—a badge of scholarship that Berenson’s invaluable imprimatur would undoubtedly bring. By 1912, Walters had become Berenson’s most active client, their business alliance wrapped in a warm and personal friendship. But this relationship soon became strained and was finally severed by a confluence of broken promises, inattention, deceit, and ethical conflict. To Walters’s chagrin, Berenson swept away the self-portraits allegedly by Raphael and Michelangelo and publicly scorned paintings that he was supposed to praise. Though painful to Walters, Berenson’s guidance ultimately led to a panoramic collection that beautifully told the great history of Italian Renaissance painting. 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 unusual insight into the pleasures and perils of collecting Italian Renaissance paintings, the ethics in the marketplace, and the founding of American art museums.
Author: Rachel Cohen Publisher: Yale University Press ISBN: 0300149425 Category : Biography & Autobiography Languages : en Pages : 344
" Few would have predicted that Bernard Berenson, from a poor Lithuanian Jewish immigrant family, would rise above poverty. Yet Berenson left his crowded home near Boston's railyards and transformed himself into the world's most renowned expert on Italian Renaissance paintings, the owner of a beautiful villa and an immense private library in the hills outside Florence. The explosion of the Gilded Age art market and Berenson's work for dealer Joseph Duveen supported a luxurious life, but it came with painful costs: Berenson hid his origins and, though his attributions remain foundational, felt that he had betrayed his gifts as a critic and interpreter of paintings. This finely drawn portrait of Berenson, the first biography devoted to him in a quarter century, draws on new archival materials that bring out the significance of his secret business dealings and the central importance of several women in his life and work: his sister Senda Berenson; his wife Mary Berenson; his patron Isabella Stewart Gardner; his lover Belle da Costa Greene; his dear friend Edith Wharton, and the companion of his last forty years, Nicky Mariano. Rachel Cohen explores Berenson's inner world and extraordinary visual capacity while also illuminating the historical forces-new capital, the developing art market, persistent anti-Semitism, and the two world wars-that profoundly affected his life"--
Author: Joanna Smalcerz Publisher: BRILL ISBN: 9004421491 Category : Art Languages : en Pages : 255
Smuggling the Renaissance: The Illicit Export of Artworks Out of Italy, 1861-1909 offers an account of the dynamics and protagonists of the Post-Unification art spoliation crisis in Italy, focusing on the intertwinement of the art trade, scholarship and protection policies.
Author: Stacey Pierson Publisher: Hong Kong University Press ISBN: 9888139835 Category : Art Languages : en Pages : 227
Ming porcelain is widely regarded among the world's finest cultural treasures. From ordinary household items patiently refined for imperial use, porcelain became a dynamic force in domestic consumption in China and a valuable commodity in export trade. In the modern era, it has reached unprecedented heights in art auctions and other avenues of global commerce. This book examines the impact of consumption on the evolution of porcelain and its transformation into a foreign cultural icon. The book begins with an examination of ways in which porcelain was appreciated in Ming China, followed by a discussion of encounters with Ming porcelain in several global regions including Europe and the Americas. The book also looks at the invention of the phrase and concept of 'the Ming vase' in English-speaking cultures and concludes with a history of the transformation of Ming porcelain into works of art.
Author: Lynn Catterson Publisher: BRILL ISBN: 9004342982 Category : Art Languages : en Pages : 338
Dealing Art on Both Sides of the Atlantic, 1860-1940 aims to bring the marketplace dynamic into sharper focus by examining the functionaries who participate in the art market–agents, scouts, intermediaries, restorers, fakers, decorators, advisers and experts.
Author: Stanley Mazaroff Publisher: JHU Press ISBN: 1421424452 Category : Biography & Autobiography Languages : en Pages : 670
“[An] elegantly written account of all facets of the life and career of George A. Lucas . . . of Belle Époque Paris and Gilded Age America.” —Inge Reist, Director Emeritus of The Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting In 1857, young Baltimorean George A. Lucas arrived in Paris, where he established an extensive personal network of celebrated artists and art dealers, becoming the quintessential French connection for American collectors. The most remarkable thing about Lucas was not the art that he acquired for his clients but the massive collection of 18,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and etchings, as well as 1,500 books, journals, and other sources about French artists, that he acquired for himself. Paintings by Cabanel, Corot, and Daubigny, prints by Whistler, Manet, and Cassatt, and portfolios of information about hundreds of French artists filled his apartment and spilled into the adjacent flat of his mistress. Based primarily on Lucas’s notes and diaries, as well as thousands of other archival documents, A Paris Life, A Baltimore Treasure is a richly illustrated portrayal of Lucas’s fascinating life as an agent, connoisseur, and collector of French mid-nineteenth-century art. And, as revealed in the book, following Lucas’s death, his enormous collection continued to have a vibrant life of its own, when—in 1990—Baltimore’s Maryland Institute proposed to auction or otherwise sell the collection. It rose from obscurity, reached new glory as an irreplaceable cultural treasure, and became the subject of an epic battle fought in and out of court that captivated public attention and enflamed the passions of art lovers and museum officials across the nation. “Mazaroff has thoughtfully recreated the legacy of one of America’s best documented late-nineteenth-century French art collections.” —Doreen Bolger, Director Emeritus, The Baltimore Museum of Art
Author: Sheldon Barr Publisher: Princeton University Press ISBN: 0691222673 Category : Art Languages : en Pages : 336
Murano Glass and its Collectors in Aesthetic America / Melody Barnett Deusner -- Venetian Mosaics and Glass in the United States, 1860-1917 / Sheldon Barr -- "Where Have Titian's Beauties Gone?" : Sargent and Whistler on the Streets of Venice / Stephanie Mayer Heydt -- Interweaving Worlds : Antique and Revival Lace in Italy and in the United States, 1872-1927 / Diana Jocelyn Greenwold -- Sparks of Genius : American Art and the Appeal of Modern Venetian Glass / Crawford Alexander Mann III -- Biographies / Brittany Emens Strupp, Crawford Alexander Mann III.
Author: Stanley Mazaroff Publisher: JHU Press ISBN: 1421424444 Category : Architecture Languages : en Pages : 342
Cover -- Half Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Prologue -- CHAPTER ONE: The Cultivation of Lucas -- CHAPTER TWO: The Wandering Road to Paris -- CHAPTER THREE: Lucas and Paris in a Time of Transition -- CHAPTER FOUR: Lucas and Whistler -- CHAPTER FIVE: The Links to Lucas -- CHAPTER SIX: From Ecouen to Barbizon -- CHAPTER SEVEN: M, Eugène, and Maud -- CHAPTER EIGHT: When Money Is No Object -- CHAPTER NINE: The Lucas Collection -- CHAPTER TEN: The Final Years -- CHAPTER ELEVEN: The Terms of Lucas's Will -- CHAPTER TWELVE: A Collection in Search of a Home -- CHAPTER THIRTEEN: The Shot across the Bow -- CHAPTER FOURTEEN: The Glorification of Lucas -- CHAPTER FIFTEEN: In Judge Kaplan's Court -- CHAPTER SIXTEEN: Lucas Saved -- Postscript -- Appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Z