Gustav Klimt's portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer
was sold in 2006 for $135,000,000, making it,
at the time, the most expensive painting ever to change hands.
Does that make it better than his other portait of her?
With Bouchercon just around the corner and everybody packing and stuff, Leighton suggested we choose one of our favorite earlier posts and flourish it again: sort of a "greatest hits" approach.
But I'm contrary, and anyway I'm in the middle of putting together the September edition of my monthly newsletter, and it occurred to me that the intelligent and discerning readers who hang out here might be interested in the section of the newsletter where I sort of catch up on what I've been reading. So here it is.
Other People's (Art) Books
It's been art month. Pretty much everything I've read has been about art, and some of them have been dillies. Here are three I particularly recommend.
And yet, the Ghent Altarpiece is perhaps the most-frequently stolen artwork in the world. Even now, one of the panels, "The Just Judges," is missing, replaced by a replica painted in the 1940s.
Noah Charney's book about the Altarpiece and its many thieves is worthy of its subject, and that's saying quite a lot.
Tim -- Sundays