Art: Vermeer, Beauvais, Peale

Francis Kleinberger, of the Kleinberger Galleries (Manhattan), gave tongue loudly when he purchased Jan Vermeer of Delft's New Testament, considered one of the finest of the 38 assured works of this rediscovered master. The painting was found 30 years ago in a Berlin junk shop, and loaned to the Royal Museum at The Hague, where it was exhibited until six months ago. Dealer Kleinberger paid a price variously estimated from $100,000 to $500,000; Dr. Abraham Bredius, who discovered it, had paid $100 for it.

P. W. French & Co., a U. S. firm, paid...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!