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American art historian Bernard Berenson inspecting a painting by a magnifying glass, while a man painting with brush

American art historian Bernard Berenson inspecting a painting by a magnifying glass, while a man painting with brush
American art historian Bernard Berenson inspecting a painting by a magnifying glass, while a man painting with brush
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American art historian Bernard Berenson inspecting a painting by a magnifying glass, while a man painting with brush
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American art historian Bernard Berenson inspecting a painting by a magnifying glass, while a man painting with brush Bernard Berenson (June 26, 1865 – October 6, 1959) was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. His book The Italian Painters of the Renaissance was an international success. Berenson was a major figure in the attribution of Old Masters, at a time when these were attracting new interest by American collectors, and his judgments were widely respected in the art world. Recent research has cast doubt on some of his authentications, which may have been influenced by the exceptionally high commissions paid to him. Berenson was born Bernhard Valvrojenski in Butrimonys, Vilnius Governorate (now in Alytus district of Lithuania) to a Litvak family. After graduating from Boston Latin School he attended the Boston University College of Liberal Arts as a freshman during 1883–84, but, unable to obtain instruction in Sanskrit from that institution, transferred to Harvard University for his sophomore year. He graduated from Harvard and married Mary Smith, who became a notable art historian in her own right. Among US collectors of the early 1900s, Berenson was regarded as the pre-eminent authority on Renaissance art. His verdict of authenticity increased a painting's value. While his approach remained controversial among European art historians and connoisseurs, he played a pivotal role as an advisor to several important American art collectors, such as Isabella Stewart Gardner, who needed help in navigating the complex and treacherous market of newly fashionable Renaissance art. people, men, Bernard Berenson, American, art historian, working, painting, brush, holding, helping, magnifying glass
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