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American Leonardo A Tale of Obsession, Art and Money

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ISBN-10: 0195396901

ISBN-13: 9780195396904

Edition: 2009

Authors: John Brewer

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Though beauty is in the eye of the beholder, authenticity is in the eye of the expert. Or is it? That was the issue at stake when in 1919 a returning doughboy named Harry Hahn and his French bride Andree attempted to sell what they thought was a genuine Da Vinci in New York. Renowned art dealer Sir Joseph Duveen declared the picture--La Belle Ferronniere--a fake without ever seeing the canvas. The Hahns sued Duveen for slander, setting off a legal battle that would embroil the art world for decades. In The American Leonardo, John Brewer uses this high drama as a vehicle to reveal how authority, expertise, and value are all culturally derived and situated. The trial of the Hahn Belle raised…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/5/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 9.29" wide x 6.10" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 3.256
Language: English

The American Scene
The Culture of Connoisseurship
Locating Leonardo
Dealers and Clients
The Trials of La Belle Ferronniere
The Battle of the Experts
The View from Kansas
The Rape of La Belle
True or False in Art
An Investment Opportunity