Bernard Berenson was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. His book The Italian Painters of the Renaissance was an international success. His wife Mary is thought to have had a large hand in some of the writings.
Berenson was a major figure in the attribution of Old Masters, at a time when these were attracting new interest by American collectors, and his judgments were widely respected in the art world.
Recent research has cast doubt on some of his authentications, which may have been influenced by the exceptionally high commissions paid to him.