Scandals, Vandals, and Da Vincis

Scandals, Vandals, and Da Vincis

A Gallery of Remarkable Art Tales

Book - 2007
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The secret histories of the world's most famous masterpieces

Caravaggios, Rembrandts, Monets--the works of immortal artists such as these are indelibly imprinted in the public mind; they are priceless masterpieces whose beauty, artistry, and emotional impact have inspired admiration, awe, and envy through the centuries. Yet behind many of these brilliant paintings and sculptures are fascinating, unique histories. In Scandals, Vandals, and da Vincis , award-winning writer Harvey Rachlin relates in exciting detail how nearly thirty of these works came to be created and how they survived burglary, forgery, revolutions, ransoms, vandals, scandals, religious sects, and shipwrecks to eventually come to their current resting places

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007
ISBN: 9780143038351
Branch Call Number: 759 Rachlin
759 Rachlin
Characteristics: xxii, 344 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Dec 22, 2012

Honestly, I didn't get very far, but it wasn't improving. Here's how it begins: "Some paintings are steeped in mystery. Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is perhaps the most famous example." The plodding prose is bad enough, but it was a short & completely useless chapter on one of my favorite Veroneses - speculating on the "subconscious motivations" behind the pentimenti visible on x-ray - that made me stop reading. "Was Veronese subconsciously making a statement about his own inner conflicts?" No. And Cupid does NOT represent the Holy Office. The speculations were so dumb that I refused to keep reading.


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