The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece


The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece dragon's download, trail: book, biography mobile, raphael's pdf, masterpiece mobile, The Dragon's download, Trail: The ebok, The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's MasterpieceDragon's Trail: The book, Dragon's Trail: The Biography of epub, The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece MOBIRaphael s St George and Trail: The PDF Ë the Dragon is the work of a genius an exquisitely rendered vision of heroism and innocence by one of the greatest painters of all time Yet the painting s creation is only the beginning of its fascinating story, which spans centuries of power play and intrigue, and has made it a witness to the rise and fall of The Dragon's MOBI :Ð the great powers of the Western world as it seduced its owners to ever greater heights of corruption and greedRaphael s masterpiece was commissioned by Duke Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, the ruler of Urbino, inRaphael was only twenty three years old, but he had already begun to acquire a reputation as a painter who was as ruthless in his pursuit of money as he was Dragon's Trail: The Epub ß talented The duke sent the painting to England s King Henry VII as a thank you for naming him a knight in the Order of the GarterThe painting then mysteriously disappeared for one hundred years until King Charles I saw it hanging in the collection of the Earl of Pembroke and acquired it for a book of Holbein drawings After Charles was beheaded in , his collection was broken up and the painting made its way to the private gallery of the third richest man in France, where it was ensconced in its own special room Thirty years later, the philosopher Diderot was instructed by Catherine the Great of Russia to buy it for her vast collection at the HermitageThe heroic curators of the Hermitage protected St George and the Dragon from fire, water, and the anarchists of the Russian Revolution, until Joseph Stalin sold it into raise cash The secret buyer was Andrew Mellon, Treasury Secretary of the United States, who in doing so blatantly violated a US sanction againstdoing any business with Soviet Russia Mellon eventually founded The National Gallery in Washington, DC where St George and the Dragon rests to this dayExceptionally written and breathlessly paced, The Dragon s Trail is a microhistory that touches on the rise of the Tudors, the downfall of a Stuart, the twilight of the French aristocracy, the terrors of the Bolshevik revolution, and the depths of the Cold War all witnessed by one painting that inspired the best and the worst instincts in its owners.

  • Hardcover
  • 290
  • The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece
  • Joanna Pitman
  • English
  • 18 November 2017
  • 0743265130

About the Author: Joanna Pitman

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10 thoughts on “The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece

  1. Laurie Laurie says:

    The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece dragon's download, trail book, biography mobile, raphael's pdf, masterpiece mobile, The Dragon's download, Trail The ebok, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's MasterpieceDragon's Trail The book, Dragon's Trail The Biography of epub, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece MOBII hesitated to get this book, thinking it might be very dry reading, but it was actually quite compelling I learned some history along the way and realized all these masterpieces you see in museums have quite a story behind them.

  2. David Serxner David Serxner says:

    The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece dragon's download, trail book, biography mobile, raphael's pdf, masterpiece mobile, The Dragon's download, Trail The ebok, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's MasterpieceDragon's Trail The book, Dragon's Trail The Biography of epub, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece MOBII wish I could say this was a fantastic book, but I cannot It is a history of Raphael s masterpiece St George and the Dragon in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC I was up this weekend and bought a damaged copy in the sale rack in t

  3. Carin Marais Carin Marais says:

    The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece dragon's download, trail book, biography mobile, raphael's pdf, masterpiece mobile, The Dragon's download, Trail The ebok, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's MasterpieceDragon's Trail The book, Dragon's Trail The Biography of epub, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece MOBIIn The Dragon s Trail, Pitman tells the story of a renowned classic masterpiece by one of the Renaissance s most famous artists I doubt that anyone can stand in front of or simply look at a print of one of Raphael s paintings without being moved by the beauty and talent of the artist s brush His p

  4. Jennyb Jennyb says:

    The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece dragon's download, trail book, biography mobile, raphael's pdf, masterpiece mobile, The Dragon's download, Trail The ebok, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's MasterpieceDragon's Trail The book, Dragon's Trail The Biography of epub, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece MOBIRaphael s St George and the Dragon s peripatetic journey to end up in the National Gallery in DC is a hugely interesting tale The way that tale is told in this book Well, let s just say that the book doesn t diminish the interest of its provenance, but at times it doesn t contribute hugely to it either My main gripe is that every person whose hands this painting passed through is characterized the same way ambitious, greedy and grasping art collectors, slavering after the status this tiny Raphael s St George and the Dragon s peripatetic journey to end up in the National Gallery in DC is a hugely interesting tale The way that tale is told in this book Well, let s just say that the book doesn t diminish the interest of its provenance,

  5. Christine Christine says:

    The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece dragon's download, trail book, biography mobile, raphael's pdf, masterpiece mobile, The Dragon's download, Trail The ebok, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's MasterpieceDragon's Trail The book, Dragon's Trail The Biography of epub, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece MOBIFull Review at Booklikes I am always amazed at how small this painting it is I ve seen it plenty of times, but its size surprises me I always think it should be bigger But for all its smallness, it is a very impressive painting Pitman s book is a history of the painting, much like the television series Private Life of a Masterpiece which if you haven t seen, you should.

  6. Rita Rita says:

    The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece dragon's download, trail book, biography mobile, raphael's pdf, masterpiece mobile, The Dragon's download, Trail The ebok, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's MasterpieceDragon's Trail The book, Dragon's Trail The Biography of epub, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece MOBIVery interesting book that makes you think about the history of paintings As the author said you are told about the artist and style but not about previous owners I liked the personal info from

  7. Kristin Kristin says:

    The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece dragon's download, trail book, biography mobile, raphael's pdf, masterpiece mobile, The Dragon's download, Trail The ebok, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's MasterpieceDragon's Trail The book, Dragon's Trail The Biography of epub, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece MOBII never really thought about the history of ownership of Raphael s St George and the Dragon, which is odd considering I m one of the many people who have fallen under it s spell It is just too bad that this book had to deal with the author s flights of fancy at times I wish there were citations at the end of the book.

  8. Karen Karen says:

    The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece dragon's download, trail book, biography mobile, raphael's pdf, masterpiece mobile, The Dragon's download, Trail The ebok, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's MasterpieceDragon's Trail The book, Dragon's Trail The Biography of epub, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece MOBISo I just can t finish this book Partly cuz I m too damn busy and partly cuz sometimes I m just not into it It s basically the provenance of a Raphael painting It tells the history of all the different people who owned it over the centuries There sabout the collectors than there is about the painting Of course, I knew this when I bought it.

  9. Holly Holly says:

    The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece dragon's download, trail book, biography mobile, raphael's pdf, masterpiece mobile, The Dragon's download, Trail The ebok, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's MasterpieceDragon's Trail The book, Dragon's Trail The Biography of epub, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece MOBIPerfect book to engage the general reader with art history, perfect for young adult to adult readers with a bit of curiosity about a good story about a little painting making its rounds through history.

  10. Martha Martha says:

    The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece dragon's download, trail book, biography mobile, raphael's pdf, masterpiece mobile, The Dragon's download, Trail The ebok, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's MasterpieceDragon's Trail The book, Dragon's Trail The Biography of epub, The Dragon's Trail The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece MOBIA nice biography book of a great painting The author gets a little rambling redundant sometimes, but I enjoyed it A nice biography book of a great painting The author gets a little rambling redundant sometimes, but I enjoyed it

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