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A passionate researcher, Curtis shows us Europe in the early nineteenth century, caught in the grip of a classical art mania and a burgeoning romantic Hellenism. He sketches a tale of rich historical intrigue, revealing just how far the Louvre was prepared to go to prove it had the greatest classical find of the era. And how two magisterial scholars, one French and one German, battled over the statue's origins and authenticity for decades. This is a marvellously readable and entertaining history of one of the best kwn artworks in the world.
Gregory Curtis was editor of Texas Monthly from 1981 until 2000. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Time, and Rolling Stone. A graduate of Rice University and San Francisco State College, he currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and four children.