Old Masters, New World: America's Raid on Europe's Great Pictures

Old Masters, New World: America's Raid on Europe's Great Pictures


By (author) Cynthia Saltzman

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  • Publisher: The Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 210mm x 22mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 8 September 2009
  • ISBN 10: 0143115316
  • ISBN 13: 9780143115311
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour plates
  • Sales rank: 582,632

Product description

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.

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Author information

A former reporter for Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, Cynthia Saltzman earned degrees in art history at Harvard and Berkeley. She currently resides with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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" A lively, knowledgeable chronicle of a three-decade art-buying spree . . . so ably recaptured in her colorful, enjoyable narrative." -"Chicago Tribune" " Saltzman revivifies the story by showing . . . how these alpha collectors schemed and maneuvered to outsmart the dealers and each other in their feverish quest for the best Rembrandt or the rarest Raphael." -"The Philadelphia Inquirer"