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Art and Science: A Da Vinci Detective Story
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TitleArt and Science: A Da Vinci Detective Story
AbstractIn 1920, Kansas natives Harry and Andree Hahn attempted to sell the painting of La Belle Ferroniere by Leonardo da Vinci to the Kansas City Art Institute for a reported sum of $225,000 to $250,000. However, a renowned art dealer, Sir Joseph Duveen, declared the painting a mere copy of the orginal picture that is housed in the Paris Louvre. Mrs. Hahn eventually sued Duveen in a New York courts for slander of title. The article descibes the Hahns' efforts to discredit Duveen and other connoisseurs, and prove, through scientific measures, that their painting was an authentic Da Vinci work.
NotesHarry Hahn wrote about the La Belle controversy in a 1946 book titled "The Rape of La Belle" [MVSC 751 H14R]. The book was published by Frank Glenn Publishing Co., Inc., of Kansas City.
AuthorJohn Brewer
SourceEngineering & Science
Art dealers
Local SubjectLa Belle Ferroniere
Item TypeMagazine Article
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Item ID217464
CONTENTdm number37065
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