Wijsheid en kracht Peter Watson

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Wijsheid en kracht  by  Peter Watson

Wijsheid en kracht by Peter Watson
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Watson has chosen a single Renaissance painting, Paolo Veroneses Wisdom and Strength, on which to base a freewheeling group portrait of some 20 of the richest, most powerful art patrons of the last 400 years, from mad Hapsburg Emperor Rudolph II,MoreWatson has chosen a single Renaissance painting, Paolo Veroneses Wisdom and Strength, on which to base a freewheeling group portrait of some 20 of the richest, most powerful art patrons of the last 400 years, from mad Hapsburg Emperor Rudolph II, who commissioned the painting, to robber baron Henry Clay Frick, whose estate now owns it.

By explaining how and why the painting journeyed from owner to owner, Watson sheds light on topics ranging from the secret meanings of allegory to the dominant hues of Thomas Hopes (of Hope Diamond fame) drawing room. Yet, though he describes his book as the biography of a painting, Wisdom and Strength itself receives only a fraction of the attention lavished on the characters and habits of its owners. And while the author discusses such art historical developments as the rise of mannerism, the relationship of the baroque to the Counter-Reformation and the changing role of the artist in society, Watsons main concern is the nature of high-powered art dealing.



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