A Legacy of Excellence: The Story of Villa I Tatti

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At I Tatti Bernard Berenson assembled a choice collection of Renaissance art, including works by Giotto, Sassetta, Domenico Veneziano, and Lorenzo Lotto. He also formed a prodigious art historical research library and photograph collection. When he died in 1959, he bequeathed the house, its contents, and the gardens to Harvard University as a Center for Renaissance Studies. This book documents the colorful life the Berensons led at I Tatti, the rich intellectual atmosphere they fostered there, and the spirit that...
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At I Tatti Bernard Berenson assembled a choice collection of Renaissance art, including works by Giotto, Sassetta, Domenico Veneziano, and Lorenzo Lotto. He also formed a prodigious art historical research library and photograph collection. When he died in 1959, he bequeathed the house, its contents, and the gardens to Harvard University as a Center for Renaissance Studies. This book documents the colorful life the Berensons led at I Tatti, the rich intellectual atmosphere they fostered there, and the spirit that continues and is nurtured by the Harvard Center. A Legacy of Excellence: The Story of Villa I Tatti is the first published account of life at the villa from the Berensons' early years there until the present day. The lavish illustrations include many new color photographs of the house, gardens, and art collection, as well as archival photographs of the Berenson circle. The book offers a fascinating view into their unique world, and into that of the Harvard Center today.
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Bernard Berenson (1865-1959), who continues to be controversial into our day for purported shady art deals, was an outstanding figure in the world of art and intellect-the author of books on Italian painting, a connoisseur solicited by agents and collectors, a man of apparently boundless interests and a social magnet for such luminaries as Edith Wharton and Walter Lippman who visited I Tatti, the Berenson villa near Florence. Weaver (Marino Marini) traces the achievements of Berenson and his wife, Mary (who restored I Tatti's formal gardens), and, more innovatively, describes the villa's continuing life as the result of Berenson's bequest as the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies. Although the pictures of the villa and its people as portrayed here are attractive enough, they pale beside the Berenson collection of Italian Renaissance paintings reproduced throughout the book.
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Bernard Berenson (1865-1959), who continues to be controversial into our day for purported shady art deals, was an outstanding figure in the world of art and intellectthe author of books on Italian painting, a connoisseur solicited by agents and collectors, a man of apparently boundless interests and a social magnet for such luminaries as Edith Wharton and Walter Lippman who visited I Tatti, the Berenson villa near Florence. Weaver (Marino Marini) traces the achievements of Berenson and his wife, Mary (who restored I Tatti's formal gardens), and, more innovatively, describes the villa's continuing life as the result of Berenson's bequest as the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies. Although the pictures of the villa and its people as portrayed here are attractive enough, they pale beside the Berenson collection of Italian Renaissance paintings reproduced throughout the book. (May)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810935877
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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