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Scandals, Vandals, and Da Vincis: A Gallery of Remarkable Art Tales

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The secret histories of the worldand#146;s most famous masterpieces

Caravaggios, Rembrandts, Monetsand#151;the works of immortal artists such as these are indelibly imprinted in the public mind; they are priceless masterpieces whose beauty, artistry, and emotional impact have inspired admiration, awe, and envy through the centuries. Yet behind many of these brilliant paintings and sculptures are fascinating, unique histories. In Scandals, Vandals, and da Vincis, award-winning writer Harvey Rachlin relates in exciting detail how nearly thirty of these works came to be created and how they survived burglary, forgery, revolutions, ransoms, vandals, scandals, religious sects, and shipwrecks to eventually come to their current resting places

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"Readers may find an entirely new appreciation for art and its creators after reading Rachlin's dishy tales of the people behind and beyond 26 famous canvases. Using Caraveggio's David with the Head of Goliath, Rachlin explores how an artist might 'deal on canvas with his own emotional crisis,' in this case the years Caravaggio spent as a fugitive following a victorious (but deadly) duel. In A Convalescent, a painting by artist James Tissot, Rachlin sees an artist 'unwittingly predicting on canvas the strange circumstances that...befall him many years later,' a story of love, death and the supernatural. And using the Mona Lisa, Rachlin deconstructs the perfect crime: the masterpiece's 1911 heist from the Louvre. The only problem with this fun title are the black and white painting reproductions, which make Rachlin's frequently hyper-detailed descriptions a bit frustrating. Still, it's an entertaining read full of good, gossipy tales for art aficionados or those interested in sounding like one." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Award-winning writer Rachlin relates in exciting detail how nearly 30 masterpieces came to be created and how they survived burglary, forgery, revolutions, ransoms, vandals, scandals, religious sects, and shipwrecks to eventually come to their current resting places. 26 b&w illustrations.

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The secret histories of the world’s most famous masterpieces

Caravaggios, Rembrandts, Monets—the works of immortal artists such as these are indelibly imprinted in the public mind; they are priceless masterpieces whose beauty, artistry, and emotional impact have inspired admiration, awe, and envy through the centuries. Yet behind many of these brilliant paintings and sculptures are fascinating, unique histories. In Scandals, Vandals, and da Vincis, award-winning writer Harvey Rachlin relates in exciting detail how nearly thirty of these works came to be created and how they survived burglary, forgery, revolutions, ransoms, vandals, scandals, religious sects, and shipwrecks to eventually come to their current resting places

About the Author

Harvey Rachlin is the award-winning author of thirteen books. He has written for the New York Times and numerous other publications.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143038351
Author:
Rachlin, Harvey
Publisher:
Penguin Group(CA)
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Painting
Subject:
Themes, motives
Subject:
Painting -- Themes, motives.
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w art throughout
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.96x5.38x.82 in. .66 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Penguin Group(CA) - English 9780143038351 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Readers may find an entirely new appreciation for art and its creators after reading Rachlin's dishy tales of the people behind and beyond 26 famous canvases. Using Caraveggio's David with the Head of Goliath, Rachlin explores how an artist might 'deal on canvas with his own emotional crisis,' in this case the years Caravaggio spent as a fugitive following a victorious (but deadly) duel. In A Convalescent, a painting by artist James Tissot, Rachlin sees an artist 'unwittingly predicting on canvas the strange circumstances that...befall him many years later,' a story of love, death and the supernatural. And using the Mona Lisa, Rachlin deconstructs the perfect crime: the masterpiece's 1911 heist from the Louvre. The only problem with this fun title are the black and white painting reproductions, which make Rachlin's frequently hyper-detailed descriptions a bit frustrating. Still, it's an entertaining read full of good, gossipy tales for art aficionados or those interested in sounding like one." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Award-winning writer Rachlin relates in exciting detail how nearly 30 masterpieces came to be created and how they survived burglary, forgery, revolutions, ransoms, vandals, scandals, religious sects, and shipwrecks to eventually come to their current resting places. 26 b&w illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
The secret histories of the world’s most famous masterpieces

Caravaggios, Rembrandts, Monets—the works of immortal artists such as these are indelibly imprinted in the public mind; they are priceless masterpieces whose beauty, artistry, and emotional impact have inspired admiration, awe, and envy through the centuries. Yet behind many of these brilliant paintings and sculptures are fascinating, unique histories. In Scandals, Vandals, and da Vincis, award-winning writer Harvey Rachlin relates in exciting detail how nearly thirty of these works came to be created and how they survived burglary, forgery, revolutions, ransoms, vandals, scandals, religious sects, and shipwrecks to eventually come to their current resting places

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