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The Economics of Taste (3 Volume Set)

Reitlinger, Gerald

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ISBN 10: 0878172882 / ISBN 13: 9780878172887
Published by Hacker Art Books, 1982
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Three volume set in very good condition. Volumes 1 and 2 have some mild foxing along upper page edges. All three have tan pictorial cloth bindings with minor shelfwear. Bookseller Inventory # 037609

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Title: The Economics of Taste (3 Volume Set)

Publisher: Hacker Art Books

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket/As Issued

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Excerpt: It is clear from memoir writers and letter writers that by the middle of the eighteenth century art-prices had the same interest for the informed public as they have to-day. Ambling through the Midlands in the 1780's Lord Torrington was shown a reputed Raphael in a squire's house. What could its value be? Stretching his imagination to the full, he suggested 7,000. It was widely known in those days that in 1754 the King of Saxony had given 8,500 for the Sistine Madonna, the highest sum that had ever been paid for any picture. When the name of Raphael was mentioned, people thought in those terms. But what did this money value really mean? It was on the one hand a sum that only an absolute monarch could lay his hands on for such a purpose. It was also a yardstick of taste. At the time that the King of Saxony bought his Raphael, a gold-ground altarpiece of the Trecento or early Quattrocento could have been had for a few pounds. In this case the relationship of price is particularly interesting. It illustrates . . .

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