The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures
The art world has never seemed quite so treacherous, so beguiling, and so much fun as in this collection of stories from the original "art detective."
What separates a masterpiece from a piece of junk? Thanks to the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and its American spin-off, everyone is searching garage sales and hunting online for hidden gems, wondering whether their attics contain...more
Not so much for buying art. Rembrandt didn't put serial numbers on his paintings. Famous artists had schools and followers who learned how to paint or sculpt the way the master did, started or helped with the master's works, maybe knocked off a ca ...more
The episodes were of varying interest to me, what I found most fascinating was the "bad restorer" problem.
Say you have a 17th century masterpiece but with a bit of damage. Now if you were clever, you could just paint the damaged areas. But that takes an annoying amount of patience. Instead, just slather a bunch of paint over the area and keep blending until it sort of looks OK but obliterating a large amount of the original work, and maybe this happens a coup ...more
I'm not an art connoisseur by any stretch, although I do have my tastes and don't mind the occasional museum stroll. I love history and I love a good story. When you combine art, history and terrific storytelling, you come out with a book like "The Art Detectives" by Philip Mould.
The book is structured around 6 specific paintings, and the mysteries that surround/surrounded them. Mould is a fantastic writer. He's clear, c ...more
Part-history lesson, part-detective novel, the author traveled far and wide and found himself in a dil ...more
I was expecting a book on international art scandals, and this isn't quite it.
A better title would have been "Some Interesting Stories from My Life As An Art Dealer".
That's what this book is, an art dealer who tells us about some of the interesting things that happened to him in his career. It's a perfectly fine book and I still enjoyed it, but the title over-hypes it as having a much broader spectrum than it actually has.
This was fun. Most of the books I have read on art detection is about determining that a piece is counterfeit, this book is about proving that a piece is authentic. The author is on the British Antiques Road Show and has the showmanship that might have been tiresome but he is able to pull it off. My favorite piece was the last one – a Winslow Homer found by a junkyard.
My liberal arts education took me to Vienna, Austria in 2003 where I took an art history course. Honestly, my only real insight into Art, with a capital "A". The premise of this book intrigued me but I was still a little leery about whether it would all just fly over my head. Happily, it did not. ...more
The art world is astounding. High-stress, high prices, high-pressure restoration work. I can't imagine the ner ...more
Philip Mould's book was a nice overview of artwork and the problems that pieces of art and art dealers face. Although this book was not what I had expected, the narratives were intriguing and captivated the reader. I was particularly interested in the conservation aspect of the book that was presented to the reader and the changes that paintings undergo throughout their lifetime. Despite the fact that the book read more like a narrative th ...more
I'll keep you posted.
The audio was very easy to listen. The author is one of the original Traveling Antique show appraisers in Great Britain. His specialty is art. He has uncovered several masterpieces from varying artists in odd circumstances. One he found on ebay. Out of curiousity I looked at old painted oil portraits. Sure don't know how he f ...more
2. I've been looking for good summertime reading. Not necessarily fluff, but on the escapism side. (I need to start my preparatory reading for the PhD program in fall.)
3. I liked the book. Mr. Mould is knowledgeable and he gives thorough details of the context for each story. He's also conversational enough (I imagine this is what makes him an excellent expert on Antiques Roadshow) to make the more techni ...more
This book lay dormant for years in my room after I started reading the introduction. It's not that it started out in a boring way, but I had so many other books to review under time limits, plus moving to a different state, etc.
I decided to pick this book back up, and I'm glad I did. The true stories of paintings that unfolded were fascinating, from the people who owned them, to scraping away paint to reveal original paint below. The book mentione ...more
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