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Art Intrigue Collecting The Diseaseintrigue collecting the disease is collecting and some of the most interesting periods in European and later on American history This little gem of a painting and it is a favorite of mine but I like his portraits better was painted in Italy as a present to an English King was sold to a collector in France then purchased by Catherine the Great for her collection in the Hermitage and Winter Palace It just survived the Russian Revolution only to be sold by Stalin to Andrew Mellon who gave it along with the rest of his collection of paintings to form the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC What I find to be the most amazing thing is the reaction to the sale by the current director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky He all but cries huge sobs and refrains from tearing out his hair over the sale by Stalin of treasures from the collection that is a different debate however he does Not See The Problem In see the problem in a collection of early 20th century art masterpieces by Picasso Matisse and others that were looted by the Soviets from Russian private collectors after the revolution Also look at all of the works of art paintings drawings an A nice biography book of a great painting The author gets a little rambling redundant sometimes but I enjoyed it I never really thought about the history of ownership of Raphael s St George and the Dragon which is odd considering I m one of the many people who have fallen Leaders Eat Last under it s spell It is just too bad that this book had to deal with the author s flights of fancy at times I wish there were citations at the end of the book Full Review at Booklikes I am always amazed at how small this painting it is I ve seen it plenty of times but its size surprises me I always think it should be bigger But for all its smal. He painting to England's King Henry VII as a thank you for naming him a knight in the Order of the GarterThe painting then mysteriously disappeared for one hundred yearsntil King Charles I saw it hanging in the collection of the Earl of Pembroke and acuired it for a book of Holbein drawings After Charles was beheaded in 1649 his collection was broken p and the painting made its way to the private gallery of the third richest man in France where it was ensconced in its own special room Thirty years later the philosopher Diderot was instructed by Catherine the Great of Russia to buy it for her vast collection at the HermitageThe heroic curators of the Hermitage protected St George and the Dragon from fire water. A really good book about Raphael s St George and the Dragon It follows the trail of the painting and most of its owners A very Perfect book to engage the general reader with art history perfect for young adult to adult readers with a bit of curiosity about a good story about a little painting making its rounds through history So I just can t finish this book Partly cuz I m too damn busy and partly cuz sometimes I m just not into it It s basically the provenance of a Raphael painting It tells the history of all the different people who owned it over the centuries There s about the collectors than there is about the painting Of course I knew this when I bought it Raphael s St George and the Dragon s peripatetic journey to end p in the National Gallery in DC is a hugely interesting tale The way that tale is told in this book Well let s just say that the book doesn t diminish the interest of its provenance but at times it doesn t interest of its provenance but at times it doesn t hugely to it either My main gripe is that every person whose hands this painting passed through is characterized the same way ambitious greedy and grasping art collectors slavering after the status this tiny masterpiece could confer The New Competition upon them Really Could not one of them genuinely have loved this because it s a beautiful work of art Isn t it just possible that I wish I could say this was a fantastic book but I cannot It is a history of Raphael s masterpiece St George and the Dragon in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC I wasp this weekend and bought a damaged copy in the sale rack in the Gallery Bookshop The book is inexpensive enough only 2500 hardcover which is a nice price There are no color illustrations only small details of the Raphael for each new chapter and no other illustrations of anything else at all There is no bibliography there are no end notes All of the interesting Domestic Slavery Considered as a Scriptural Institution by Francis Wayland and Richard Fuller uotes are not cited so you cannotnless you are a detective or a scholar find any of the sources Ms Pit. Raphael's St George and the Dragon is the work of a genius an exuisitely rendered vision of heroism and innocence by one of the greatest painters of all time Yet the painting's creation is only the beginning of its fascinating story which spans centuries of power play and intrigue and has made it a witness to the rise and fall of the great powers of the Western world as it seduced its owners to ever greater heights of corruption and greedRaphael's masterpiece was commissioned by Duke Guidobaldo da Montefeltro the ruler of Urbino in 1506 Raphael was only twenty three years old but he had already begun to acuire a reputation as a painter who was as ruthless in his pursuit of money as he was talented The duke sent Lness it is a very impressive painting Pitman s book is a history of the painting much like the television series Private Life of a Masterpiece which if you haven t seen you should In The Dragon s Trail Pitman tells the story of a renowned classic masterpiece by one of the Renaissance s most famous artists I doubt that anyone can stand in front of or simply look at a print of one of Raphael s paintings without being moved by the beauty and talent of the artist s brush His painting St George and the Dragon commissioned in 1506 was painted when Raphael was only twenty three years old But Pitman does not simply tell the story of how it was painted or the reason for the painting but follows the long lifespan of this wonderful painting throughout the following centuries ntil the present day This is a tale not only about a painting but its owners and their place in history including kings revolutions wealth and poverty and stretches from Italy England and Russia to America Pitman writes beautiful dramatic prose which reads like a novel
#than a book #a book art history or history The Dragon s Trail is both a book for the lay person and the art lover alike but most of all the passion with which the book is written is contagious Pitman s love of art and especially this artwork is brought vividly to life in this volume I can suggest this book to lovers of history art and the Renaissance But though the book s dust jacket does book to lovers of history art and the Renaissance But though the book s dust jacket does a beautiful colour rendition of the painting I would have liked to see a colour print of the painting inside the book as well and not one in greyscale Perhaps in the next editionFor overall enjoyment and readability I give this book four and a half out of five starsDefinitely a volume I ll read again I hesitated to get this book thinking it might be very dry reading but it was actually ite compelling I learned some history along the way and realized all these masterpieces you see in museums have Children of the New World uite a story behind them. And the anarchists of the Russian Revolutionntil Joseph Stalin sold it in 1930 to raise cash The secret buyer was Andrew Mellon Treasury Secretary of the United States who in doing so blatantly violated a US sanction againstdoing any business with Soviet Russia Mellon eventually founded The National Gallery in Washington DC where St George and the Dragon rests to this dayExceptionally written and breathlessly paced The Dragon's Trail is a microhistory that touches on the rise of the Tudors the downfall of a Stuart the twilight of the French aristocracy the terrors of the Bolshevik revolution and the depths of the Cold War all witnessed by one painting that inspired the best and the worst instincts in its owners.