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Bernard Berenson
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Born
Bernhard Valvrojenski

(1865-06-26)June 26, 1865
Butrimonys, Vilna Governorate, Russian Empire
Died October 6, 1959(1959-10-06) (aged 94)
Villa I Tatti, Florence, Italy
Nationality American
Occupation Art historian
Known for Drawings of the Florentine Painters
Spouse(s) Mary Berenson
Relatives Senda Berenson Abbott (sister)

Bernard Berenson (June 26, 1865 – October 6, 1959) was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. His book Drawings of the Florentine Painters was an international success. His wife Mary is thought to have had a large hand in some of the writings.

Berenson was a major figure in the attribution of Old Masters, at a time when these were attracting new interest by American collectors, and his judgments were widely respected in the art world. Recent research has cast doubt on some of his authentications, which may have been influenced by the exceptionally high commissions paid to him.

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