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Louvre: 400 Masterpieces
Synopses & Reviews
Since first opening its doors in 1793, the Louvre has become one of the largest and most famous museums in the world and, with 8.3 million visitors per year, it is also the most visited. Louvre: 400 Masterpieces showcases a selection of works from this great institution, from the most famous—the Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa—to lesser-known gems.
With a foreword by the institutions director, Henri Loyrette, the book is organized according to the museums eight departments: Near Eastern Antiquities; Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculptures; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings. The ninth and final chapter tells the history of this one time imperial palace as seen through its architecture. With its appealing format and carefully selected images, many newly photographed, Louvre: 400 Masterpieces is the perfect book for museum visitors, art lovers, and Francophiles.
A spectacularly opulent relic of royal wealth and power comes alive in Versailles. Highlighting the chandacirc;teauandrsquo;s vibrant, tumultuous past, the book covers everything from its metamorphosis from humble hunting lodge to palace, to the dismantling of its collections during the French Revolution and its restoration and status as a UNESCO World Heritage site today. In addition, the singular chandacirc;teau is explored from top to bottom in an extravagantly extensive photographic tour that reveals the many priceless artistic and architectural treasures of this palace of palaces.
Praise for Versailles:
The Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia, is one of the great museums of the world. This stunning new edition of the definitive book on the museum showcases its unparalleled collections, which span prehistory to the 20thand#160;century: Paleolithic artifacts of the 22ndand#160;millennium BC; Egyptian antiquities; Roman portrait busts; Byzantine coins; Scythian gold; Chinese prints; 19th-century Tibetan art; paintings by Leonardo and Picasso, Matisse and Rembrandt; Sandegrave;vres porcelain; Gobelins tapestries; jewelry; costumes; furniture; and much more. Recent additions, such as the Soviet porcelain collection of the Lomonosov Porcelain Museum, are also included.
Mikhail Piotrovskyand#39;s, new illustrated introduction reflect the andquot;Greater Hermitageandrdquo; project: its recent expansion across Palace Square, the museumandrsquo;s new restoration and conservation center, and its affiliated museums in St Petersburg and beyond.
First published in 1994, this revised and updated two-volume setandmdash;the official publication for the 250thand#160;anniversary of the Hermitageandmdash;is an unrivaled treasury of world culture.and#160;
About the Author
Daniel Soulié is a historian at the Louvre and the author of several books. Henri Loyrette is the director of the Louvre.
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