Leonardo's Holy Child: The Discovery of a Leonardo Da

Leonardo's Holy Child: The Discovery of a Leonardo Da

Leonardo's Holy Child: The Discovery of a Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpiece: A Connoiseur's Search for Lost Art in America [EPUB] ✼ Leonardo's Holy Child: The Discovery of a Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpiece: A Connoiseur's Search for Lost Art in America By Fred R. Kline – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Fred Kline is a well known art historian, dealer, connoisseur, and explorer who has made a career of scouring antique stores, estate sales, and auctions looking for unusual and often misidentified wor Fred Kline is a well known Child: The PDF ↠ art historian, dealer, connoisseur, and explorer who has made a career of scouring antique stores, estate sales, and auctions looking for unusual and often misidentified works of art Many Leonardo's Holy PDF \ of the gems he has found are now in major museum collections like the Frick, the Getty, and the Metropolitan Museum of ArtBut this book is about the discovery of one piece in particular About ten Holy Child: The Epub â years ago, when Kline was routinely combing through a Christie s catalog, a beautiful little drawing caught his eye Attributed to Carracci, it came with a very low estimate, but Kline s every instinct told him that the attribution was wrong He placed a bid and the low asking price and bought the drawing outright And that was the beginning of how Kline discovered Leonardo da Vinci s model drawing for the Infant Jesus and the Infant St JohnIt is the first work by da Vinci to have surfaced in over a century Leonardo s Holy Child chronicles not only the story of this amazing discovery, from Kline s research all over the world to how exactly attributions work with regards to the old masters most of their works are unsigned Kline also sheds light on the idea of connoisseurship, an often overlooked facet of art history that s almost Holmesian in its intricacy and specificity.


10 thoughts on “Leonardo's Holy Child: The Discovery of a Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpiece: A Connoiseur's Search for Lost Art in America

  1. Christopher Christopher says:

    I loved this book, I have worked in a art museums for close to twenty years To see the route that some pieces of art have taken to make it into a museum was fascinating From finding an unsigned work and recognizing not only its beauty but the fact that it may be from one of the masters was very interesting to read The end result is that amazing works of art have gone from collecting dust in thrift shops and antique shops into major museums where the world can enjoy them as a result of the aut I loved this book, I have worked in a art museums for close to twenty years To see the route that some pieces of art have taken to make it into a museum was fascinating From finding an unsigned work and recognizing not only its beauty but the fact that it may be from one of the masters was very interesting to read The end result is that amazing works of art have gone from collecting dust in thrift shops and antique shops into major museums where the world can enjoy them as a result of the authors work The author has provided enough of his personal live into the story that makes the book a good friend and companion from start to finish


  2. Jim Gallen Jim Gallen says:

    When I picked up Leonardo s Holy Child I was expecting to read a history of a work of art I got that and muchThis is author and art dealer Fred R Kline s memoir of some of the interesting art that have crossed his path over his lifetime.At its heart this book provides the reader with an insight into the world of art dealing From these pages, I learned that there is much art for which the artist is unknown Here we are introduced to the process by which an art dealer compares a piece When I picked up Leonardo s Holy Child I was expecting to read a history of a work of art I got that and muchThis is author and art dealer Fred R Kline s memoir of some of the interesting art that have crossed his path over his lifetime.At its heart this book provides the reader with an insight into the world of art dealing From these pages, I learned that there is much art for which the artist is unknown Here we are introduced to the process by which an art dealer compares a piece with known works by an artist and solicits opinions from acknowledged experts to establish or rule out authorship The title piece is a drawing of a child that was purchased for 1,700 Then the detective work began Examining every aspect of the drawing and comparing it feature by feature lead to the conclusion that it was drawn from life by Leonardo da Vinci and used as a model for several later paintings The key feature, the DNA so to speak, was a mole above the child s right eye that would reappear in modified form over and over.The Holy Child mystery solved, the author recounts his discoveries of a 16th Century statue of the Virgin Mary t and a 16th Century Mexican cross that combined Mexican Indian tribal religious traditions with the new Catholic theology Works by Flemish Master Jan Brueghel the Elder, Dutchman Johannes Vermeer, Germans Joseph Anton Koch and Eugene Thaw and 20th Century Canadian Lawren Harris are among the discoveries documented in this tome.I was awed by the mere thought that Leonardo s Holy Child could be found after lying hidden for centuries, but I was most interested in two others, largely because of the topic and the artist Having lived on land once owned by Ulysses S Grant I shared the author s joy in his discovery of Around the World With General Grant , a painting that depicted the Grants arrival in San Francisco during their around the world voyage The description of the detail and the story of the trip were fascinating The chapter I enjoyed the most is the one on Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham Having seen originals and so many copies of his paintings I eagerly absorbed the details about his life and art Leonardo s Holy Child can be appreciated on several levels It is memoir, as the author recites the love story of himself and his wife, Jann, who was found, lost, found and cherished and, now, lost forever It is a window into the world in which artworks are identified, verified, marketed, sold and donated It is also history, when Kline tells the background of his subjects and how they emerged from and reflect the cultures of their origins Finally, it is a series of well written stories that entertain, educate and tug on our emotions It is an excellent read for a broad swath of humanity I received a free copy of this book without an obligation to post a review


  3. Patty Patty says:

    I was immediately fascinated by this book as I studied art history in college Of course that led to my career in banking, heh But I do love art and Renaissance art in particular I have a particular fondness for Michelangelo and since Leonardo is a contemporary I enjoy any chance to find myself back in the era.This book almost reads like a thriller as the author introduces the drawing and his suspicions that it s not just any old master work He has strong feelings that it s by Leonardo DaVi I was immediately fascinated by this book as I studied art history in college Of course that led to my career in banking, heh But I do love art and Renaissance art in particular I have a particular fondness for Michelangelo and since Leonardo is a contemporary I enjoy any chance to find myself back in the era.This book almost reads like a thriller as the author introduces the drawing and his suspicions that it s not just any old master work He has strong feelings that it s by Leonardo DaVinci He misses his first chance to buy it but fate brings it to him at another time Then begins the task of determining who drew the child I doubt I m telling tales out of school by sharing the excitement of the chase and discovery of Leonardo s hand in the drawing Would there be a book otherwise It didn t come immediately and it didn t come without a healthy dose of skepticism but that is half the fun of the reading.The book reads like non fiction Mr Kline writes with enthusiasm for his subject but not in such a way that is over the head of his reader It does help to have a passion or at least a healthy interest in art, I will admit that But then again you wouldn t be looking at the title if you didn t.It doesn t take the whole of the book s 384 pages to tell the tale of Leonardo s drawing Mr Kline shares other stories from the art world from different centuries and different continents All make for very interesting reading and for an wealth of fascinating stories to share when conversation should lag.4.5


  4. Alana White Alana White says:

    I love this line from Leonardo s Holy Child If anything can be anywhere, then chance will favor the prepared mind Art historian art dealer Kline wrote this book to describe happening across a centuries old sketch in the summer of 2000, coming to believe it was by Leonardo da Vinci and then proving it to himself, relying on intuition and inspiration In this, he succeeds, I think As yet, he has not, he says, sought the standard, peer group review, though he feels this is not far down I love this line from Leonardo s Holy Child If anything can be anywhere, then chance will favor the prepared mind Art historian art dealer Kline wrote this book to describe happening across a centuries old sketch in the summer of 2000, coming to believe it was by Leonardo da Vinci and then proving it to himself, relying on intuition and inspiration In this, he succeeds, I think As yet, he has not, he says, sought the standard, peer group review, though he feels this is not far down the road with the publication of this book For now, he prefers to hold the sketch close rather than go through all the attendant attention and no doubt the yaying and naying that surely will surround proving or firmly disproving its provenance He purchased the sketch at a Christie auction for 1,700, believing it was, indeed, by Leonardo, despite the catalogue description, which attributed it to 1500s Italian artist Annibale Carracci This book, as Klein says, is its first exhibition At the moment, it remains safe and secure in his private collection


  5. Sharon Sharon says:

    I entered because I ve always been fascinated by Leonardo Da Vinci This book, unfortunately, doesn t spend a lot of time on Da Vinci It s about the author, his wife and how they went about finding lost art treasure It s in 2 parts, the first explains how they discovered the baby drawing and how they learned to deal with museums and auction houses and came to be able to discover how the drawing was a Da Vinci The second part was about the author, his wife, their gallery and how they learned t I entered because I ve always been fascinated by Leonardo Da Vinci This book, unfortunately, doesn t spend a lot of time on Da Vinci It s about the author, his wife and how they went about finding lost art treasure It s in 2 parts, the first explains how they discovered the baby drawing and how they learned to deal with museums and auction houses and came to be able to discover how the drawing was a Da Vinci The second part was about the author, his wife, their gallery and how they learned together to be able to find lost art I believe he wanted us to learn this as well.I found the entire book to be very dry, even if you re a Da Vinci fan I m not an artist, nor do I look for lost art treasures It wasn t what I expected at all.This book will be published 5 15 2016


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