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ntown (I ennsytlvana) Art tions. He met Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi, one of the period's foremost col lectors, and Kress set out to emulate him. Introduced by the count, Kress formed a lasting friendship with the late Bernard Berenson, the most famous Renaissance art authority of his time. Kress joined the select group of those who made regular pilgrimages to Berenson's villa I Tatti, near Florence, which was willed to Harvard University in 1959. Largely because of "B.B.'s" influence, Kress decided to concentrate upon Italian painting and sculpture. 852 Museum, SAMUELH. KRESS COLLECTION© NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY How well he succeeded was summed up by David K. E. Bruce, former trustee and presi dent of the National Gallery of Art and now our Ambassador to the Court of St. James's. In 1939, when Kress made his first donation to the Washington gallery then under con struction, Mr. Bruce said: "Experts state that there is no private collection in the world, and few museums, which can illustrate in as complete a manner as the Kress Collection the development of the Italian school of painting and sculpture during the Renais sance period."