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Sense of Quality, The - Study and Criticism of Italian Art
Sense of Quality The - Study and Criticism of Italian Art Author:Bernard Berenson The Sense of Quality is a collection of critical essays on Italian painting by one of the outstanding art critics of our time. More than any other single figure, ernard Berenson was responsible for putting the appreciation of Italian Rennaissance painiting upon a firm basis of scholarship and study. "Without conniosseurship," he wrote. "a hiro... more »try of art is impossible." But, he would have added, only the qualitative sense -- the discriminating ability to understand and appraise the treasures of the past in their entirety -- can make the conniosseur's work truly interesting and significant. This ability he abundantly possessed.
Berenson ithe conniosseir was also Berenson the detective, and, indeed to follow him as he traces the identity of a story in Vasari, authenticates a lost Giorgione, or establishes the identiry of the mysterious Botticelli-like painter he nicknamed "Amico de Sandro", is to experience the unmistakable satisfaction if having solved a difficult "case". More lastingly gratifying are he rewards ti be gained from Berenson's method of analysis of itself. His breadth of knowledge, fund of sympathetic appreciation, and keen aesthetic judgement are unique in the annals of art criticism.