Art Critics

Edith Wharton and Bernard Bernenson Were Not Fans of Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’

The work. (WikiMedia)

In her new biography Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade, which was just published by the Yale University Press, Rachel Cohen offers up a nice little anecdote about the mutual distaste that the Old Master scholar Bernard Berenson and his good friend Edith Wharton had for Leonardo da Vinci and in particular his Last Supper (1494–98). (If you’ve read Ernest Samuels’s 1979 Berenson bio you have gotten a version of it, but I think it’s worth repeating.) Read More


Morning Links: Authentication Litigation Edition

Bernard Berenson, who advised adviser Joseph Duveen on matters of authentication. (Courtesy University of Washington)

Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos has become the first female contemporary artist to display work at Versailles, following Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Xavier Veilhan and Bernar Venet. [Calgard Herald]

Here’s an overview of what is on view as part of Documenta 13’s satellite in Kabul, Afghanistan. The exhibition there features work by 27 artists, including Read More