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Number of Pages: 256

Genre: Art

Sub-Genre: European

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: New Vessel Press

Author: Philippe Costamagna

Language: English

Street Date: August 14, 2018
TCIN: 53907095
UPC: 9781939931580
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-6767

Description

"Exhilarating and informative ... Mr. Costamagna is catholic in his enthusiasm and is open to the new. He tells delicious stories."
--The Wall Street Journal

"An informative yet gripping and seductively gossipy memoir ... pulls back the curtain on connoisseurship at its most powerful ... Costamagna whirls his reader through a world where the forgotten masterpieces of provincial museums matter more than the known stars of grand institutions, and where a Raphael comes to light in the apartment of a Strasbourg taxi driver rather than the palace of a duchess."
--The Financial Times

"Rollicking and erudite ... Costamagna's candor and well-earned hubris make for an entertaining foray into the high-stakes art world."
--Publishers Weekly

"Who decides what's real and what's fake? How do they determine it? Who can be trusted? In an anecdote- and evidence-rich book, Italian Renaissance art historian Philippe Costamagna reveals how he unravels truth and fiction through close observation, teamwork, accident, and good fortune. Here is a brave, hearty defense of connoisseurship presented in a straightforward, frank, and even generous manner--and without jargon."
--ARTnews

"Page-turner ... Lifting the veil on the shadowy world of art insiders, Costamagna delivers an entertaining reflection on the dealers, devotees, and decision makers who define the art market."
--Town & Country Magazine

"A marvelous storyteller and gifted writer, Costamagna describes ... [how] ultimately art matters, he claims, not because it teaches us about social history or other cultures, but because it is the source of ecstatic aesthetic pleasure."
--Hyperallergic

"Philippe Costamagna offers an intimate view of the art world's most compelling figures--the connoisseurs who combine antenna-tingling intuition with encyclopedic erudition and immaculate visual recall. We also get a valuable and highly entertaining lesson in art history, deliciously spiced with gossip, anecdotes and art world politics."
--Ross King, author of Brunelleschi's Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

"Enthralling ... A young art historian seeing what fun Costamagna has had in this field may feel inspired to follow."
--James Stourton, author of Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilization and former chairman of Sotheby's UK in The Spectator

"Costamagna fills his lushly entertaining book with a delicious variety of anecdotes ... As an insider, Costamagna has much to convey to the public and even experts."
--Art History Today

"This exuberant, astute and vividly written account of the world of the art connoisseur is by turns autobiographical and historical, scholarly and anecdotal, offering a unique insight into a fascinating though often concealed realm, inhabited by larger-than-life characters, not least the author himself."
--John Brewer, author of The American Leonardo and The Pleasures of the Imagination

"Gives thoughtful consideration to how a keen visual sense plays out in various fields -- art history, photography, cinema, fashion ... One comes away feeling somewhat re-sensitized to beauty and somewhat nostalgic for an era when museums weren't the selfie-stick madhouses they are today."
--The Washington Post

"Philippe Costamagna is a respected art historian of substantial accomplishments ... One would be hard put to find Costamagna's position expressed in such forceful terms in the realm of contemporary art criticism."
--The New Criterion

"The Eye offers something for a variety of audiences ... The author's candor and wit help the reader along the way, but his real secret is taking his reader seriously."
--Asymptote

"An insider's look at the dramatic world of attributing and dating art ... This art world Sherlock Holmes travels the globe ... Delightful."
--Introspective Magazine

"By placing connoisseurship back at the very center of art history, Philippe Costamagna weaves a fascinating tale and brilliantly highlights the enduring power of intuition and expertise in the visual arts today."
--Salvatore Settis, chairman of the Louvre Museum Scientific Council and author of If Venice Dies

"A must read for every art lover. Highly entertaining. A fascinating look into the intricate workings of the art world."
--Ken Perenyi, author of Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

"Initiates us with quiet elegance ... part historical essay, part autobiographical account, enriched by a thousand anecdotes, The Eye follows its meandering path to our great delight."
--Le Monde

"Passionate and often funny ... This work is very rich."
--La Tribune de l'Art

"As thrilling as a police novel."
--La Croix

"Chapters full of tasty anecdotes."
--Il Foglio

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