Missing Masterpieces: Lost Works of Art 1450-1900
Gert-Rudolf FlickISBN: 1858941970;
Book DescriptionIn this ground-breaking study of missing masterpieces, Gert-Rudolf Flick presents detailed case histories of great works of art that have simply vanished. None of them is known for certain to have been destroyed; all of them are recorded in the form of copies, drawings, studies, or engravings. Tantalizingly, any of them might turn up at any time ... . The fate of the masterpieces discussed in this book remains a mystery. Everyone knows of Michelangelo's David in Florence, but what happened to the famous bronze of the same subject? It was last heard of in a chateau in France, after its aristocratic owner went to the guillotine. Officials of the French Revolution identified it as worthy of inclusion in the national museum, but it has not been seen since. And what of Jacques-Louis David's Lepeletier on his death-bed, pendant to his famous Death of Marat? Nineteenth-century gossip suggested that it was burnt by Lepeletier's devoted daughter, but if so, how...
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