An essay by Berenson that has never been published in Italy, with a critical introduction by Patrizia Zambrano. A famed historiographic critique dedicated to all art history scholars.
In this essay – published in the authoritative Gazette des Beaux-Arts in 1899, but never in Italy – Bernard Berenson created an artistic personality known as “Sandro’s Friend”, a painter to whom he attributed many works previously held to be by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Filippino Lippi. But it was simply a sensational hoax perpetrated by Berenson, since the works supposedly executed by “Sandro’s Friend” were later almost all attributed to Filippino Lippi.
This little gem is being published by Electa to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publishing house that Berenson cofounded.