Bernard Berenson: The Making of a Connoisseur

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Harvard University Press, 1979 - Biography & Autobiography - 477 pages
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Critic, arbiter of taste, renowned authority on Renaissance painting and oracle to millionaire art collectors, Bernard Berenson was the most formidable presence in the art world for more than thirty years. Four decades of his life are unfolded in this compelling book.
 

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Contents

A Lithuanian Childhood i
3
Dreamer in Minot Street
15
in A Harvard Aesthete
28
rv Literary Debut
41
Cities of a Dream
52
Seedtime of Art
67
vn Beyond the Alps
80
vin Disciple of Morelli
97
The Critical Gantlet
254
The Wizard of Quick Wits
264
A Duel with Vernon Lee
277
A Tangled Web
293
A Man of Affairs
312
Room for Berenson
327
A Union of Minds and Feelings
341
A Victorian Husband
353

The Smiths of Fridays Hill
106
Master and Errant Pupil
133
Trial of the ScholarAesthete
151
xin Talent in Harness
167
New Vistas at Home and Abroad
187
Secrets of the Artistic Personality
206
Heretic at the New Gallery
216
The Tactile Imagination
227
Only the Greatest in the World
239
The Study and Criticism of Italian Art
370
The Wars of the Burlington
390
Mission to the New World
402
A New Beginning
418
Selected Bibliography
435
Notes
443
Index
459
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Ernest Samuels is Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English, Emeritus, at Northwestern University and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

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