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Meanwhile, the great connoisseur of Italian painting, Bernard Berenson, had himself contacted John Nicholas Brown, urging Carter to come as soon as possible and to stay at least a year or two at his villa outside of Florence, I Tatti. “It is constant contact, discussion, working together that counts,” though “all this is by way of suggestion,” Berenson added. ”40 Certainly the notion of Carter’s spending time with Berenson would have appealed to John Walker, who had put in a lengthy Florentine apprenticeship with him years earlier.

49 Even by the lofty standards of the Institute, this was something of a coup! Certainly Carter’s professional future had been assured long before he completed his degree. Museum directors across the country, few of whom could have been unaware of his professional progress, must have been looking at Carter with the hungry expectations entertained by a major league manager enthralled by the reputation of a dazzling minor league baseball player. Never hesitant to exploit the wealth of contacts he had available, Carter followed up his opportunities.

This was a view that would gain pop- becoming carter brown [23] ularity in later years, although most future museum directors contented themselves with shorter academic programs and avoided the formality of an actual business degree. Getting into Harvard Business School was for most candidates probably harder than staying in. This had long been a standard pattern for the major universities. Typically, Carter took the work quite seriously. He acknowledged the continuing pressures but greatly enjoyed the case-study method, likening the “three cases a day” normally assigned to short stories.

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