THE BERNARD BERENSON TREASURY by Hanna-Ed. Kiel

THE BERNARD BERENSON TREASURY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This collection will be invaluable for those who have little or no acquaintance with the outstanding art historian whose published books, focussed on Italian Renaissance art, number some 24 volumes. Containing later philosophical annotations from journals and letters, as well as essential passages from essays and books, this treasury follows Derenson's progression from his early theories of connoisscur-ship and his horror of the trivial, on to his deep feelings about religion and the duality of man. A convert to Catholicism and to the end of his life- a sincere humanist, Berenson had a mystical reverence for and awe of classical art. In the presence of great, paintings, he was "".... in a state of grace"". Although he died in 1959, his comments on contemporary painting since impressionism have a museum-corridor quietism: ""Dadaism, Surrealism, Cubism, nonrepresentational art, abstract art... never offer the 'peace beyond understanding' of the real work of art."" His immersion in the Italian Renaissance, as he had desired all his life, was almost complete..... With its bibliography, and illustrations, this is a fine one volume introduction to the man and his domain.

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 1962
Publisher: Simon & Schuster