Laurie Schneider Adams

Art on Trial

Walker and Co. 1976

This book chronicles six famous art trials in the modern period. It demonstrates, through often absurd legal arguments, that art can be a window onto cultural changes and aesthetic controversies.

Introduction by Tom Wolfe


1. The Brush or the Pen? Whistler vs. Ruskin

2. What's in a Name? Brancusi v. United States

3. Leonardo's Libeled Lady. Hahn v. Duveen

4. Traitor or Forger? "Van Meegeren v. Vermeer"

5. "Our Flag was still there." The People of the State of New York v. Stephen Radich

6. "The Matter of Mark Rothko, Deceased."

"A marvelous chronicle for anyone interested in seeing how art, money and personal obsessions mix -- or explode." Tom Wolfe

"A fine job--fluid and with sufficient background information to be accessible to a lay reader, but also packed with enough documentary material to be of highest interest to scholars. I found it difficult to stop reading once I was into it.
H.W. Janson, New York University

Selected Works

Art History
A one-semester introduction to the history of western art.
Combined volume A history of world art from prehistory to the present
An introduction to the methods of art historical analysis
A survey of Italian Renaissance art from the 14th through the 16th century
Two short introductions: one to Italian Renaissance Art and one to Baroque Art
A collection of essays on themes, style,and context in non-western art
Various psychoanalytic methods of interpretation applied to works of art and artists
A brief history of 19th-Century Western art
Art Appreciation
A lavishly illustrated, brief introduction to some of the most important topics in considering works of art
An introduction to works of art and architecture from the point of view of the artist and the viewer.
Art and Culture
An introduction to art in context for the general reader
A new biography of the mother of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Lucrezia Tornabuoni De' Medici
Art and Law
Six famous art trials, from Whistler to Rothko
Based on the cases of Robert Volpe, art crime detective in New York City during the 1970's
Seven essays applying psychoanalysis to the humanities
A two-volume survey of the western humanities, including art, history, religion and myth, literature, philosophy, and science
For Children
How Alice Whipple became the proud owner of a boa constrictor and an esteemed member of the Peaches in the fourth grade

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