Art Crime whitepaper included in Scholar's Edition of the art history novel
The fictional version of the art scandal behind Julius Stewart's painting The Baptism is now backed up by peer journal documentation. This edition of the novel includes the whitepaper, research bibliography, rare photographs, and more.
This special scholar’s courseware edition of Bonfire of the Vanderbilts includes the full text of the novel, along with the author’s research whitepaper “Deconstructing the Scandalous Narrative of The Baptism,” which appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of The Journal of Art Crime. Also included in the endmatter are rare photographs from the private collection of the painter’s family and links to related audiovisual supplementary materials, including the recording of the author’s presentation on the The Baptism to the American Art Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
In 1892 Paris, Julius Stewart painted The Baptism, a Vanderbilt family scene that contains an embarrassing secret. In the novel, art historian Grace Atwood becomes obsessed with the painting and its hidden clues for reasons that have more to do with her personal ghosts. Either her doting husband is trying to make her think she’s crazy, or she really is in the early stages of dementia.