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

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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.


 

About Cynthia Saltzman

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Cynthia Saltzman holds degrees in art history from Harvard and Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford. She is a former reporter for Forbes and The Wall Street Journal and author of The Portrait of Dr. Gachet.
 
Published August 14, 2008 by Penguin Books. 329 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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As these two books show, art has long been about business, status—and sometimes even the love of art. <REVIEW PUBLISHER=Reed Business Information-US RELEASEDATE=06/16/2008 LANGUAGE=E

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