Book Review: The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr

The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr is yet another nonfiction book that reads like fiction.

Ever since I took an art history class to fulfill a core requirement when I was a sophomore in college, I have been fascinated by art history. So it was with pleasure that I read Harr’s account of the hunt for a lost Caravaggio masterpiece. The reader learns how a graduate student discovers a clue to the lost painting while doing research on another masterpiece at a family archive that few scholars had visited. The reader also learns about the art restorer who fortuitously stumbles upon the lost masterpiece and immediately recognizes it for what it is.

Harr is a compelling storyteller, bringing a level of excitement to the otherwise mundane tasks of research and restoration. I read this very quickly. Anyone who likes art history or fast-paced nonfiction should give this a try.


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