- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (May 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300208529
- ISBN-13: 978-0300208528
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors from Antiquity to the Present 1st Edition
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And with competition comes the source's desire to provide what is needed/wanted, whether it is authentic, complete, artistic, looted, stolen, bought, etc etc etc. The stories are convoluted and varied but there is a constant refrain--the collector is really only concerned about himself and the work of art. Altruism doesn't enter the picture for centuries. And when it does, one of the major proponents of antiquities for the masses is John Paul Getty. But he was not immune to the many other issues that plagued collectors before and after him.
There are many specific stories of individuals caught up in collecting frenzy. Some are more interesting than others, but all feed into the major theses of the author as to collectors' basic needs. One of the best steps in the book is her closing section which provides a suggested means to meet collectors' acknowledged needs while also working to educate them as to their past connection to and probable support of the looting "industry", knowingly or not. The effort then is to move the collectors in a new direction.
If you are interested in art and the idea of collecting, this is a good and interesting introduction to the history. I am not a collector (though I used to have a stamp album, now have an awful lot of books, and a few American Indian items. Nothing I have has any age to it. But I found so much of interest here. As it is subtitled a Curious History, I would say this is a book for the curious.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This book straddles the line between historical story and academic analysis. The footnotes are a great addition and enable the reader to further look into the subject. It is also an academic book, I would not recommend to someone looking for an “easy beach read”.
The author really knows her stuff and wrote beautifully.