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Boston Raphael, The -- A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change and a Daughter's Ssearch for the Truth

Rathbone, Belinda

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ISBN 10: 1567925227 / ISBN 13: 9781567925227
Published by David R. Godine, Boston, 2014
Condition: As New Hardcover
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An absorbing and unusual true story about the 1969 controversy that engulfed the famed Boston Museum and its charismatic director, Perry Rathbone, regarding the rightful ownership and authenticity of an unknown and uncatalogued painting attributed to Raphael. Art historian and biographer Belinda Rathbone, Perry Rathbone's daughter, unravels the mystery, having researched the controversy extensively and relied almost exclusively on primary sources. Her account will resonate with not only art lovers and experts but also general readers. This is an UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition, SIGNED by Belinda Rathbone on the full title page. First edition stated, (no later printings). Handsome and collectable. Bookseller Inventory # 141129

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Title: Boston Raphael, The -- A Mysterious Painting...

Publisher: David R. Godine, Boston

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Many full-color plates and photographs

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The riveting story of a museum director caught in a web of local and international intrigue while secretly pursuing a forgotten Renaissance painting-the Boston Raphael.

On the eve of its centennial celebrations in December, 1969, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts announced the acquisition of an unknown and uncatalogued painting attributed to Raphael. Boston's coup made headlines around the world. Soon afterward, an Italian art sleuth began investigating the details of the painting's export from Italy, challenging the museum's right to ownership. Simultaneously, experts on both sides of the Atlantic lined up to debate its very authenticity. While these contests played themselves out on the international stage, the crisis deepened within the museum as its charismatic director, Perry T. Rathbone, faced the most challenging crossroads of his thirty-year career. The Boston Raphael was a media sensation in its time, but the full story of the forces that converged on the museum and how they intersected with the challenges of the Sixties is now revealed in full detail by the director's daughter.

In her quest for the true story behind this pivotal event in her father's life, Belinda Rathbone digs into the background of the affair as it was reported in the popular press, both questioning the inevitability of its outcome and revealing the power struggle within the museum that led to his resignation. She draws almost entirely from primary source material in various archival collections and over a hundred contemporary and personal interviews. The book is lavishly illustrated with full-color plates and many previously unpublished photographs.

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Belinda Rathbone is a biographer and historian who has written widely on 20th century American photography. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Walker Evans: A Biography, as well as important essays on the work of Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, and many contemporary artists and photographers. Rathbone is also the author of the memoir, The Guynd: A Scottish Journal. As a fine arts journalist, she has written for House and Garden, The World of Interiors, and the magazine Antiques.

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