Author John Brewer to Discuss His New Book, The American Leonardo

For Immediate Release:
February 1, 2010
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
Author John Brewer to Discuss His New Book, The American Leonardo

 Author John Brewer discusses his new book The American Leonardo: A Tale of Obsession, Art and Money on Thursday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


The American Leonardo traces the twisting path of the Hahn La Belle – allegedly the work of Leonardo da Vinci – and illuminates the workings of the 20th century art market and the questions surrounding art attribution.


When Harry Hahn and his French bride arrived in Junction City, Kansas, and attempted to sell the painting in 1919, renowned art dealer Sir Joseph Deveen declared the painting was a fake – according to some reports without ever having seen the canvas. The Hahn’s sued Deveen for slander, setting off a legal battle that would last decades and shine a light on two competing methods of art attribution: the critical eye of the connoisseur and the emerging array of scientific and forensic tests.


Copies of The American Leonardo will be available for sale, and Brewer will sign copies purchased during the event.


Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Call 816.701.3407 or RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.

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