The Eye by Philippe Costamagna audiobook

The Eye: An Insider’s Memoir of Masterpieces, Money, and the Magnetism of Art

By Philippe Costamagna
Translated by Frank Wynne
Read by Robertson Dean

Blackstone Publishing 9781939931580
7.02 Hours Unabridged
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It’s a rare and secret profession, comprising a few dozen people around the world equipped with a mysterious mixture of knowledge and innate sensibility. Summoned to Swiss bank vaults, Fifth Avenue apartments, and Tokyo storerooms, they are entrusted by collectors, dealers, and museums to decide if a coveted picture is real or fake and to determine if it was painted by Leonardo da Vinci or Raphael. The Eye lifts the veil on the rarified world of connoisseurs devoted to the authentication and discovery of Old Master artworks. This is an art adventure story and a memoir all in one, written by a leading expert on the Renaissance whose métier is a high-stakes detective game involving massive amounts of money and frenetic activity in the service of the art market and scholarship alike. It’s also an eloquent argument for the enduring value of visual creativity, told with passion, brilliance, and surprising candor.

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Summary

Summary

It’s a rare and secret profession, comprising a few dozen people around the world equipped with a mysterious mixture of knowledge and innate sensibility. Summoned to Swiss bank vaults, Fifth Avenue apartments, and Tokyo storerooms, they are entrusted by collectors, dealers, and museums to decide if a coveted picture is real or fake and to determine if it was painted by Leonardo da Vinci or Raphael. The Eye lifts the veil on the rarified world of connoisseurs devoted to the authentication and discovery of Old Master artworks.

This is an art adventure story and a memoir all in one, written by a leading expert on the Renaissance whose métier is a high-stakes detective game involving massive amounts of money and frenetic activity in the service of the art market and scholarship alike. It’s also an eloquent argument for the enduring value of visual creativity, told with passion, brilliance, and surprising candor.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Exhilarating and informative…Mr. Costamagna is catholic in his enthusiasm and is open to the new. He tells delicious stories.” Wall Street Journal
“An informative yet gripping and seductively gossipy memoir…Pulls back the curtain on connoisseurship at its most powerful.” Financial Times
“An insider’s look at the dramatic world of attributing and dating art…This art world Sherlock Holmes travels the globe…Delightful.” Introspective Magazine
“Rollicking and erudite…Costamagna’s candor and well-earned hubris make for an entertaining foray into the high-stakes art world.” Publishers Weekly
“Robertson Dean narrates this audiobook in an authoritative style that suits the high culture of its subject. He delivers an appropriately high-brow tone—for this audiobook may be categorized as appealing mostly to those in the specialized world of art appreciation, authentication, and the evaluation of provenance.” AudioFile

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Reviews

by Odin 9/25/2019
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The forensic study of fine art

For those finding the forensic approach to fine paintings a particularly interesting aspect of determining value, authenticity and overall evaluation by an expert in fake painings, this book written by Philippe Costamagna and read by Roberson Dean will more than satisfy your curiosity. With Mr. Costamagna giving us his expert experience with Renaissance art, there’s never a dull bit of detective work. A definite recommend.

Author

Author Bio: Philippe Costamagna

Author Bio: Philippe Costamagna

Philippe Costamagna is a specialist in sixteenth-century Italian painting and director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Ajaccio, Corsica. He is the author of a book on the Florentine Renaissance painter Pontormo.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English