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The Titian Committee (Art History Mystery) (1991 original; edició 2002)

de Iain Pears (Autor)

Sèrie: Jonathan Argyll (2)

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Witty Italian art-history crime series featuring English dealer Jonathan Argyll, from the author of the best-selling literary masterpiece, 'An Instance of the Fingerpost'. Membership of the prestigious Titian Committee is normally considered a high honour. Normally, that is, until two of its members end up dead and someone seems to be taking the idea of backstabbing a little too far. Flavia de Stefano of Rome's Art Theft Squad is sent to find out why. She calls upon the help of dealer Jonathan Argyll, in Venice to buy a picture from the Marchesa di Mulino. But the sudden theft of the Marchesa's collection sets Flavia and Jonathan on a tortuous trail to uncover the truth. A further death threatens the very survival of the Committee itself, as well as offering the tantalizing possibility of an undiscovered Titian - a mysterious composition that may have been suppressed for 'moral' reasons....… (més)
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Títol:The Titian Committee (Art History Mystery)
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The Titian Committee de Iain Pears (1991)

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Anglès (15)  Francès (1)  Noruec (1)  Totes les llengües (17)
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I liked book 1 in the series, but mostly for the setting: art in Italy. Initially, I thought this had promise (Venice!), but the mystery was fairly uninteresting, and the setting couldn't carry the book. ( )
  breic | Jun 2, 2020 |
This is another highly entertaining novel featuring Flavia di Stefano, from the Italian Art Crime Commission and Jonathan Argyll, the generally hapless but well-intentioned scholar, now working for prominent London dealer, Sir Edward Byrnes.

Over recent years, the Italian art authorities had become increasingly concerned at the proliferation on the market of paintings allegedly by Titian but lacking robust provenance. They had, therefore, set up a committee to review all known works in Italy attributed to Titian, to determine whether or not the attribution was legitimate. The Committee is made up of academics and gallery curators, and it meets every few months in a variety of notable settings. All seems to be goiung well, until one oif its member, an ambitious American academic, is found murdered in an exclusive garden in Venice, near where the Committee had been meeting.

Because of the victim’s background, the case is referred to General Bottando, head of Flavia’s unit, who delegates her to liaise with the local police authorities in Venice. While there she happens upon Argyll, who has been attempting to negotiate the purchase of several works from a wealthy Venetian widow. As luck would have it, the widow’s name had appeared in the deceased woman’s notes.

While his later works such as An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Dream of Scipio occasionally proved challenging (yet also highly rewarding) to the reader, his earlier novels are far lighter in tone. Flavia and Argyll are very engaging, and Pears writes with a humour that was absent from his later works. The plots are soundly constructed, too, and the clues to the identity of the villains are there (even if I didn’t pick them up myself). ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jul 14, 2018 |
Rating: Enjoyable and fun

I really enjoy Iain Pears, how he writes, what he writes. His titular hero Jonathan Argyll is a slightly distractible, mild art historian who tends to lose the thread periodically, not to mention manage to fall into a lagoon. The heroine of the series, Flavia, is a lovely Italian woman who is far more focused and determined to solve art related crimes, and who rather intimidates Jonathan who clearly doesn't see himself in her class. So they are friends, and part-time colleagues. And her boss is a hoot.

The mysteries themselves generally ramble, much like Jonathan, but the hints are there if you can pick them out from the distractions a bit quicker than can Jonathan. ( )
  majkia | Aug 19, 2017 |
Second in a series of Jonathan Argyll, art historian and Flavia de Stefano of the Roman Art Theft Squad. A member of the Titian Committee is murdered at the annual meeting in Venice. Flavia is sent to assist with the art aspects of the murder, Jonathan is in Venice working to secure some minor paintings to sell for his employer. The paintings are connected to the murder, and in following the threads two more murders are committed. Despite the hostility of the local police, the duo, with Flavia's boss solve the murders and identify their connection to the paintings. The machinations of the Italian legal system are amazing to behold, as portrayed here and in the work of Donna Leon (Venice) and Andrea Camileri (Sicily). A slim book, a quick read. ( )
  lmnopqr | Jul 1, 2017 |
Quite a fun read. Venice atmosphere is always enjoyable, art history information adds interest & lots of plot twists to keep the pages turning. ( )
  amaraki | Aug 1, 2016 |
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Witty Italian art-history crime series featuring English dealer Jonathan Argyll, from the author of the best-selling literary masterpiece, 'An Instance of the Fingerpost'. Membership of the prestigious Titian Committee is normally considered a high honour. Normally, that is, until two of its members end up dead and someone seems to be taking the idea of backstabbing a little too far. Flavia de Stefano of Rome's Art Theft Squad is sent to find out why. She calls upon the help of dealer Jonathan Argyll, in Venice to buy a picture from the Marchesa di Mulino. But the sudden theft of the Marchesa's collection sets Flavia and Jonathan on a tortuous trail to uncover the truth. A further death threatens the very survival of the Committee itself, as well as offering the tantalizing possibility of an undiscovered Titian - a mysterious composition that may have been suppressed for 'moral' reasons....

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