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By Robert Cumming

In 1925, the 22-year-old Kenneth Clark (1903–1983) and the mythical artwork critic and historian Bernard Berenson (1865–1959) met in Italy. From that second, they started a correspondence that lasted till Berenson’s dying at age ninety four. This e-book makes to be had, for the 1st time, the full correspondence among of the main influential figures within the 20th-century artwork international, and offers a brand new and specified perception into their lives and motivations. The letters are prepared into ten chronological sections, each one observed by means of biographical information and offering the context for the occasions and personalities observed. They have been either gifted letter writers: informative, spontaneous, funny, gossipy, and of their widespread letters they exchanged information and perspectives approximately paintings and politics, family and friends lifestyles, creditors, connoisseurship, discoveries, books learn and written, and commute. Berenson urged Clark on his blossoming occupation, caution opposed to the museum and advertisement artwork worlds whereas encouraging his promise as a author and interpreter of the humanities. chiefly, those letters hint the improvement of a deep and intimate friendship.

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It had a distinguished library, whose librarian had been Arthur Strong (see n. 76 below). Raphael, Group of Four Figures, now owned by the Getty Museum, California. It is a study for Raphael’s Disputa. The drawing was published by A. G. B. , pt v, Oxford, 1924, p. 9, no. 6, and by Oskar Fischel in the Burlington Magazine (October 1925), pp. 174–9. See n. 34 above. See n. 38 above. See n. 31 above. Andrea del Verrocchio, Measured Drawing of a Horse, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acquired in 1917.

As I write a letter is come from Aunt Janet asking us both to lunch. It adds a note of triumph to our chorus of praise & thanksgiving, though I don’t doubt that the letter was wrung from her by Nicky. You are, of course, the chief author of all our happiness. Yours affty. Kenneth 3 May 1927 Chiostro Di San Martino Settignano Firenze Dear Mrs Berenson, We were sad to find you had all gone, but I am sure you deserved a holiday. We are both very brown & well & pleased with ourselves; our stay at Sospel was delightful & our drive back most instructive.

Lord! what a tongue. I have attempted to learn it many times & always broken down when I came to the irregular verbs. However that was in cold blood & very different to being in the country. I am really delighted that you are prepared to let me go to Germany. And the rest of your plans seem to me ideal. I only met Pinsent17 once or twice liked him very much & would like to share his extra floor extremely. But that is a matter for him to decide. If he seems prepared to risk having me for a month or two I shall be delighted.

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