Old Masters, New World: America's Raid on Europe's Great Pictures

April 8, 2021
Old Masters, New World: America's Raid on Europe's Great Pictures

A spellbinding account of the rapacious pursuit of the mostexquisite paintings in the worldIn the Gilded Age, newly wealthy and culturally ambitiousAmericans began to compete for Europe's extraordinary Old Masterpictures, causing a major migration of art across the Atlantic.Old Masters, New World is a backstage look at thecutthroat competition, financial maneuvering, intrigue, anddouble-dealing often involved in these purchases, not to mentionthe seductive power of the ravishing paintings that drove thesecollectors-including financier J. Pierpont Morgan, sugar king H. O.Havemeyer, Boston aesthete Isabella Stewart Gardner, andindustrialist Henry Clay Frick. Packed with stunning reproductions,this is an ideal gift book for art lovers and history buffsalike.