Leonardo's Holy Child: The Discovery of a Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpiece: A Connoiseur's Search for Lost Art in America

Pegasus Books
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A single sketch becomes an all-consuming quest to understand and identify a work by Leonardo da Vinci himself—the first new drawing by the great master to have surfaced in over a century.

Fred Kline is a well-known art historian, dealer, connoisseur, and explorer who has made a career of scouring antique stores, estate sales, and auctions looking for unusual—and often misidentified—works of art. Many of the gems he has found are now in major museum collections like the Frick, the Getty, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

But this book is about the discovery of one piece in particular: About ten years ago, when Kline was routinely combing through a Christie's catalog, a beautiful little drawing caught his eye. Attributed to Carracci, it came with a very low estimate, but Kline's every instinct told him that the attribution was wrong. He placed a bid and the low asking price and bought the drawing outright. And that was the beginning of how Kline discovered Leonardo da Vinci's model drawing for the Infant Jesus and the Infant St. John.

It is the first work by da Vinci to have surfaced in over a century. Leonardo’s Holy Child chronicles not only the story of this amazing discovery, from Kline's research all over the world to how exactly attributions work with regards to the old masters (most of their works are unsigned). Kline also sheds light on the idea of "connoisseurship," an often-overlooked facet of art history that's almost Holmesian in its intricacy and specificity.

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About the author

Fred R. Kline is a generalist art historian, art dealer, artist, and writer. His numerous and diverse discoveries have been covered in the New York Times and Arts and Antiques, and have been acquired by the Getty Museum, the Morgan Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many others. He has served on the editorial staff of National Geographic, and his sculpture has been praised by the Smithsonian. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit him at www.klinegallery.com.

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Publisher
Pegasus Books
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Published on
May 10, 2016
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781681771182
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Language
English
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Genres
Art / General
Art / History / Renaissance
Biography & Autobiography / Artists, Architects, Photographers
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CONTENTS:

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YOUNG SICK BACCHUS
BOY WITH A BASKET OF FRUIT
CARDSHARPS
SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI IN ECSTASY
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BACCHUS
SAINT CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA
JUDITH BEHEADING HOLOFERNES
NARCISSUS
CALLING OF SAINT MATTHEW
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AMOR VICTORIOUS
JOHN THE BAPTIST
ENTOMBMENT
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THE MARTYRDOM OF SAINT URSULA

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ALPHABETICAL LIST OF PAINTINGS

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