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A Legacy of Excellence: The Story of Villa I Tatti Hardcover – 1 Jan 1998

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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; 01 edition (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810935872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810935877
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Villa I Tatti, near Florence, was the home of art historians Bernard and Mary Berenson until Bernard's death in 1959. He bequeathed the house, its library and art collection and the gardens to Harvard University as a centre for Renaissance studies. This book records the Berensons's life and legacy.

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The newly married art historians Bernard and Mary Berenson made their home at the Villa I Tatti near Florence in 1900. In the following years Mary, supervised the rebuilding of the villa and the creation of its elegant gardens. The Berensons pursued their work at I Tatti over a period of nearly six decades, and here they entertained a remarkable circle of friends :art historians ( Kenneth Clark, John Walker, John Pope-Hennessy), writers (Edith Wharton, Alberto Moravia), political thinkers (Walter Lippman, Gaetano Salvermini), musicians (Yehudi Menuhin) and countless other visitors from every part of the world.
At I Tatti Bernard Berenson assmbled a choice collection of Renaissance art, including works by Giotto, Sassetta, Domenico Veneziano, and Lorenzo
Lotto.
He also formed a prodigious art historical research library and photograph collection. When he died in 1959, he bequeathed the house, its contents, and the gardens to Harvard University as a Center for Renaissance Studies.
This book documents the colorful life the Berensons led at I Tatti, the rich intellectual atmosphere they fostered there, and the spirit that continues and is nurtured by the Harvard Center.
Berenson was associated with the famous art dealer, Baron Joseph DUVEEN (1869-1939) who noticed, early in life, that Europe had plenty of art and America had plenty of money, and his entire astonishing career was the product of that simple observation (S.N. Behrman, Duveen).
The American plenty has been well invested in I Tatti, as the superb photographs by David Finn show.
William Weaver has lived for many years in Italy, reporting on the Italian cultural world for American and British publications.
This book has also a detailed alphabetical index,
showing the quality of the research made by the author.
Jan A. MORTELMANS.
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As the author of the recently published Geoffrey Scott and the Berenson Circle, I can tell you that this history of the Villa I Tatti is an exceptionally beautiful book about a most fascinating place. William Weaver, the most important of today's translators of Italian fiction and a great stylist, has written an exciting history of a most exciting place. It would make an ideal gift for any Italophile.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 30 Mar. 2013
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Very beautiful book. I became interested in Villa I Tatti, when I recently read an NYT interview with Lee Radziwill, and she talked about how exquisite the place is. She was right on point.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wealth-Art-Architecture-Italy in superlatives 22 April 1997
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Format: Hardcover
The newly married art historians Bernard and Mary Berenson made their home at the Villa I Tatti near Florence in 1900. In the following years Mary, supervised the rebuilding of the villa and the creation of its elegant gardens. The Berensons pursued their work at I Tatti over a period of nearly six decades, and here they entertained a remarkable circle of friends :art historians ( Kenneth Clark, John Walker, John Pope-Hennessy), writers (Edith Wharton, Alberto Moravia), political thinkers (Walter Lippman, Gaetano Salvermini), musicians (Yehudi Menuhin) and countless other visitors from every part of the world.
At I Tatti Bernard Berenson assmbled a choice collection of Renaissance art, including works by Giotto, Sassetta, Domenico Veneziano, and Lorenzo
Lotto.
He also formed a prodigious art historical research library and photograph collection. When he died in 1959, he bequeathed the house, its contents, and the gardens to Harvard University as a Center for Renaissance Studies.
This book documents the colorful life the Berensons led at I Tatti, the rich intellectual atmosphere they fostered there, and the spirit that continues and is nurtured by the Harvard Center.
Berenson was associated with the famous art dealer, Baron Joseph DUVEEN (1869-1939) who noticed, early in life, that Europe had plenty of art and America had plenty of money, and his entire astonishing career was the product of that simple observation (S.N. Behrman, Duveen).
The American plenty has been well invested in I Tatti, as the superb photographs by David Finn show.
William Weaver has lived for many years in Italy, reporting on the Italian cultural world for American and British publications.
This book has also a detailed alphabetical index,
showing the quality of the research made by the author.
Jan A. MORTELMANS.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written history of the extraordinary I Tatti 5 Mar. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
As the author of the recently published Geoffrey Scott and the Berenson Circle, I can tell you that this history of the Villa I Tatti is an exceptionally beautiful book about a most fascinating place. William Weaver, the most important of today's translators of Italian fiction and a great stylist, has written an exciting history of a most exciting place. It would make an ideal gift for any Italophile.
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