Book Reviews of The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece

The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece
The Lost Painting The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece
Author: Jonathan Harr
ISBN-13: 9780375508011
ISBN-10: 0375508015
Publication Date: 10/25/2005
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
Intelligent and escapist reading for anyone who enjoys art history, literary thrillers, or Italy.
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Helpful Score: 3
Interesting story of the finding of an origial Carravagio painting. Great detail of Italian life and research conducted to prove the authenticity of this painting. Story and characters built into these facts. Fast read. susan
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Helpful Score: 3
Quick read that chronicles the re-discovery of a lost Carvaggio masterpiece in 1980's/1990's Europe. Based on interviews with many scholars, art historians and others who were involved in the discovery. It reads like a fiction narrative although the story is true. If your heart beats a little faster when you find some nugget of information deep in the library stacks, you'll get a vicarious thrill from this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
You don't have to have a degree in History of Art or to speak Italian to enjoy Harr's book but it would make it more fun. Expect to to want to tour Italy soon or at least see the Italian paintings in a museum near you after reading!
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Helpful Score: 2
Interesting book about lost art. The book doesn't just talk about Caravaggio but also the people who play apart in find his paintings.
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Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book! I read it after I had been to Italy and fell in love with the Caravaggio's at the church mentioned in the book. I also had a trip planned to Ireland so I made sure I found the painting in the National Musuem in Dublin.

It is a fascinating read for lovers of art, Italy, Ireland, and people!
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Helpful Score: 1
Interesting novel. Took a bit to get into, but worth the read. As a Caravaggio fan, the background of the artist was good, and how paintings can be "lost" over the years is both interesting and heartbreaking.
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The book was fascinating and covers 400 years worth of mystery surrounding the artisdt Caravaggio and the lost painting The Taking of Christ. I read the book in one sitting!
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Very interesting book - while reading a good story I learned quite a bit about Caraveggio and the intrigue of discovering a masterpiece. Yes, I do recommend it.
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We read it for book club and it got mixed reviews. It was easy enough to get through although extremely/overly detailed. I love Art History and this made for an interesting topic. Not sure I'd recommend, but I was glad I read it, felt like I learned a thing or two.
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Really fascinating. A lot better than A Civil Action!
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An interesting true story that almost reads like fiction.
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Wonderful book about tracking down a long ago lost painting ,If you love books about paintings and forgotten art and painters you won't be disappointed in this one.
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Interesting read about the search for a lost painting by Carvaggio.
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This book describes the hunt for a lost Caravaggio painting. Various experts are looking for the lost Caravaggio independently and eventually it is traced to an unlikely place. It was interesting to read about how art is traced through old accounts of estates which sometimes mistakenly identify a painting that is sold or purchased. I did not realize that artists did not always sign their paintings so mistakes are made in the identity of paintings.
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Interesting account of the discovery of a painting lost for hundreds of years. A true story that reads like fiction.