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The Lost Painting
The Lost Painting
Author: Jonathan Harr
An Italian village on a hilltop near the Adriatic coast, a decaying palazzo facing the sea, and in the basement, cobwebbed and dusty, lit by a single bulb, an archive unknown to scholars. Here, a young graduate student from Rome, Francesca Cappelletti, makes a discovery that inspires a search for a work of art of incalculable value, a painting l...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780375759864
ISBN-10: 0375759867
Publication Date: 11/7/2006
Pages: 320
Edition: Reprint
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  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 48 ratings
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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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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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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Interesting account of the discovery of a painting lost for hundreds of years. A true story that reads like fiction.
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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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