National Geographic : 1961 Dec
One of my favorite Kress stories involves Berenson and a wealthy young American businessman and an exquisite little wood panel called "St. John in the Desert." Years ago, before Kress had any connection with the painting, the young American appeared at Berenson's villa I Tatti, announcing that he wished to start a collection and desired expert guidance. Berenson was away, so Mrs. Berenson 860 guided the young man around the galleries of Florence. She was highly impressed by his appreciation of art. As the visitor prepared to leave, Mrs. Ber enson remarked to Miss Nickv Mariano, B.B.'s assistant and secretary at I Tatti: "He deserves one of our pictures for his collection, and I shall give him our small 'St. John in the Desert.' It is a charming thing but not definitely attributed to anybody. B.B.