7-15-11: Fakes and the Walters’ Real Greatness
This conversation originally aired July 13, 2010.
In 1909, when Walters Art Museum co-founder Henry Walters opened his collection of more than 500 Italian paintings to the public, he thought that it included portraits by the likes of Raphael and Michelangelo. But then, as now, collecting art was a tricky business. Much of the art Mr. Walters had purchased, it turns out, wasn’t actually by some of the big name painters he’d been told had created the work.
Baltimore writer Stanley Mazaroff has written a book about Henry Walters’ complicated relationship with a leading art scholar and dealer, who helped him shape his collection into a significant body of work. It’s called Henry Walters and Bernard Berenson: Collector and Connoisseur, and today he discusses the book with Tom Hall.