Old Masters, New World America's Raid on Europe's Great Pictures

ISBN-10: 0143115316
ISBN-13: 9780143115311
Edition: N/A
Authors: Cynthia Saltzman
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

A spellbinding account of the rapacious pursuit of the most exquisite paintings in the world In the Gilded Age, newly wealthy and culturally ambitious Americans began to compete for Europe’s extraordinary Old Master pictures, causing a major migration of art across the Atlantic. Old Masters, New World is a backstage look at the cutthroat competition, financial maneuvering, intrigue, and double-dealing often involved in these purchases, not to mention the seductive power of the ravishing paintings that drove these collectors—including financier J. Pierpont Morgan, sugar king H. O. Havemeyer, Boston aesthete Isabella Stewart Gardner, and industrialist Henry Clay Frick. Packed with stunning reproductions, this is an ideal gift book for art lovers and history buffs alike.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
The Collectors
"American Citizen ... Patron of Art" Henry Gurdon Marquand and van Dyck's Portrait of James Stuart
"C'est Mon Plaisir" Isabella Stewart Gardner, Bernard Berenson, Otto Gutekunst, and Titian's Europa
"Mr. Morgan Still Seems to Be Going on His Devouring Way" J. Pierpont Morgan, Raphael's Colonna Madonna, Gainsborough's Georgiana, Reynolds's Lady Elizabeth Delm�, and Lawrence's Elizabeth Farren
"Greco's Merit Is That He Was Two Centuries Ahead of His Time" Mary Cassatt, Harry and Louisine Havemeyer, Spain, and El Greco
"A Picture for a Big Price" Henry Clay Frick, Charles Carstairs, Otto Gutekunst, and the Ilchester Rembrandt
The Painting Boom
"Octopus and Wrecker Duveen" Joseph Duveen Enters the Old Master Market
"Highest Prizes of the Game of Civilization" Holbein's Christina of Denmark, Rembrandt's Polish Rider, Val�zquez's Philip
Three Vermeers, and Record Prices
"Thanks Not in [the] Market at Present" Bellini's St. Francis and Falling Prices
The Great War and the Picture Market
"If This War Goes On, Many Things Will Be for Sale" Old Master Spoils
The Feast of the Gods Bellini and Titian's Masterpiece Comes on the Market
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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