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Who Wants to be a Connoisseur? The Politics of a Disputed Leonardo
Date: Tuesday February 12, 2008, at 4 pm
Location: Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center
Admission: Free. Reservation required



The notorious case of Hahn v. Duveen in the 1920s hinged not just on whether a particular picture—a version of La belle ferronnière—was a genuine Leonardo da Vinci, but also on who was considered to be an expert and what it meant to be a connoisseur. The so-called battle of the experts cast a spotlight on the inner workings of the art world, illuminating the cult of Leonardo, the contradictory imperatives and vituperative quarrels that marked connoisseurship, and the demands made outside and inside the art world for a more scientific art expertise. In this fourth annual lecture of the Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance, John Brewer, Eli and Edye Broad Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of literature at CalTech, uses the case of Hahn v. Duveen to explore the history of connoisseurship from Giovanni Morelli to the present.

Please note that this event was previously scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The start time is 4:00 p.m.