A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 27, 1959

TIME'S new series of hidden art masterpieces derives from many sources, including the travels of Associate Editor Alexander Eliot, who has made four thorough explorations of European painting, sculpture and architecture, quests that uncovered many works of genius not listed in the tourist guides. In Spain last year Eliot visited the monastery of Montserrat. After long discussion with the monks, he was admitted to the cloister, a rare privilege. While his wife waited patiently outside, Eliot studied the monastery's art collection, stood entranced before Caravaggio's Saint Jerome. On his return, TIME got...

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