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Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade (Jewish Lives) From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, an illuminating new biography of the connoisseur who changed the art world and the way we see art When Gilded Age millionaires wanted to buy Italian Renaissance paintings, the expert whose opinion they sought was Bernard Berenson, with his vast erudition, incredible eye, and uncanny skill at attributing paintings They visited Berenson at his beautiful Villa I Tatti, in the hills outside Florence, and walked with him through the immense private library which he would eventually bequeath to Harvard without ever suspecting that he had grown up in a poor Lithuanian Jewish immigrant family that had struggled to survive in Boston on the wages of the father s work as a tin peddler Berenson s extraordinary self transformation, financed by the explosion of the Gilded Age art market and his secret partnership with the great art dealer Joseph Duveen, came with painful costs he hid his origins and felt that he had betrayed his gifts as an interpreter of paintings Nevertheless his way of seeing, presented in his books, codified in his attributions, and institutionalized in the many important American collections he helped to build, goes on shaping the American understanding of art today This finely drawn portrait of Berenson, the first biography devoted to him in a quarter century, draws on new archival materials that bring out the significance of his secret business dealings and the way his family and companions including his patron Isabella Stewart Gardner, his lover Belle da Costa Greene, and his dear friend Edith Wharton helped to form his ideas and his legacy Rachel Cohen explores Berenson s inner world and exceptional visual capacity while also illuminating the historical forces new capital, the developing art market, persistent anti Semitism, and the two world wars that profoundly affected his life About Jewish Lives Jewish Lives is a prizewinning series of interpretative biography designed to explore the many facets of Jewish identity Individual volumes illuminate the imprint of Jewish figures upon literature, religion, philosophy, politics, cultural and economic life, and the arts and sciences Subjects are paired with authors to elicit lively, deeply informed books that explore the range and depth of the Jewish experience from antiquity to the present In , the Jewish Book Council named Jewish Lives the winner of its Jewish Book of the Year Award, the first series ever to receive this award More praise for Jewish Lives Excellent New York Times Exemplary Wall Street Journal Distinguished New Yorker Superb The Guardian

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  • Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade (Jewish Lives)
  • Rachel Cohen
  • 10 July 2017
  • 0300149425

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14 thoughts on “Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade (Jewish Lives)

  1. Simon Simon says:

    Bernard Berenson was, than just about anyone else you care to name, the person who taught the English speaking world of the Belle Epoque how to look at Renaissance art He wrote a number of celebrated monographs on regional Italian painting of the renaissance and a monumental description of Florentine draughtsmanship of the renaissance that, a hundred years later, is still cited, is still an extraordinary work of judgement, classification and scholarship Berenson was also involved in the art trade through his relationship with Lord Duveen.Rachel Cohen has produced a readable account of his life that is ultimately unsatisfying She is not an art historian and, while she marks his significant publications in the field, she doesn t have the confidence to discuss in any depth his connoisseurship or his scholarship She hints a lot about Berenson s colourful love life and relationship with women although she elides detail He was a Herculean letter writer to them and one wonders why she doesn t explore the emotional romantic side of his that they expose She is perhaps strongest on his commercial relations with Duveen and is know doubt fair in finding that on balance Berenson did not prostitute his talent by mis attributing pictures for personal gain.

  2. Lindsey Clare Gee-Turner Lindsey Clare Gee-Turner says:

    I m afraid I didn t much like this it was almost like a book for children in school See also my review for Emma Goldman in the same series on my Profile page.

  3. Norman Ernest Palmer Norman Ernest Palmer says:

    The pages had rough irregular edges like this was a proof copy I d intended this as a present but couldn t give it in such rough condition Very disappointed Not as bad though as the book I bought from September Books.

  4. Philip Brantingham Philip Brantingham says:

    The figure of Bernard Berenson seems something out of another world an art expert, an authenticator of Italian Renaissance art, an author, and a famous host to the elite at his estate north of Florence, Italy, He was a genius of sorts He wrote several pioneeirng books on Italian art of the Renaissance, books that made him world famous Rachel Cohen s short biography of him, subtitled, A Life in the Picture Trade serves very well as the shortest and most judicious life that has been published so far For a much longer bio see Ernest Samuels Bernard Berenson in 2 Vols Well written and expert this book provides all the details that one needs to understand this famous expert, his foibles and fancies He wasn t a nice man he was given to fits of rage when unhappy and he treated his wife Mary badly Yet he was a brilliant and sophisticated man, best illustrated in the two books of his diaries that were published in the 1950s His estate I Tatti was a magnet to all the celebrities of the world, who sat gladly at his table and listened to his witticisms One can t praise this book enough for its readability and its learning.

  5. syduenonimous syduenonimous says:

    Starts out well and you feel entre to a life experience to which few have access Good blend of info on people he associated with along with some history on them To me the end felt protracted as if I looked up from the book and there was The End a rather hollow feeling ending considering the rich life this person led and the careful coverage given his life during the body of the book Uhhhh, ok I bought a first edition of his first book after reading this so p

  6. Christian Schlect Christian Schlect says:

    A smooth, intelligent, and sympathetic study of an interesting man of the high world of art To fund his preferred style of life, Bernard Berenson came to know the wealthy of America and then catered to their insatiable need to acquire great European paintings.Professor Cohen s condensed book is of the type that will ignite the desire for further reading on the multitude of characters that touched on, or were central to, the life of her subject a poor Jewish boy from Boston who studied at Harvard, then who, after relocating to Italy, became a famed international expert on paintings from the Renaissance and a cultural sage.Above all he was a connoisseur Over the course of a long life and against a backdrop of worry,he enjoyed beautiful vistas, fine art, friends many of whom were women and beyond mere friends , intelligent conversations, writing, and libraries.

  7. John McFadden John McFadden says:


  8. Treblet Treblet says:

    Here s a realtively copact book about Berenson, tightly written by topic covering a long life from immigrant life in Boston, through Harvard where Rennaissance had not yet become a period of study to Italy and Europe where BB researched paintings by visiting churches, chapels, monasterires toas well as museums The book gives a good summary of his rellations with Duveen and the market, the creation of I Tatti and the emergence of the sage in his late years.

  9. MrPerks MrPerks says:

    Excellent book, great value.

  10. Judith B. Blustein Judith B. Blustein says:

    I loved it

  11. jenny w jenny w says:

    Read it twice Loved it.

  12. Anonymous Anonymous says:

    The first part is very slow going But the book addresses the changes in patronage of art, attribution of art works, and the art scene in general between c1900 and c 1950, and it is worth reading

  13. Lisa M Caniff Lisa M Caniff says:

    It is not often we read a book about someone who had such a passion for his work like Bernard Berenson How great that he left I Tatti his home and library to Harvard to be shared by others with his same passion of Italian Art and Artists.

  14. Cynthia MacGrath Cynthia MacGrath says:

    This is a remarkable, sensitive portrait of the rise of a dedicated connoisseur of Italian Renaissance painting to a central figure in the glittering world of art and banking From now on, every time I go to a museum and view a Florentine or Siennese painting, I will wonder what part Berenson had in its acquisition.

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