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The Art Museumby Frederick M Asher
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The Art Museum is the finest art collection ever assembled between two covers. This revolutionary and unprecedented virtual art museum in a book, features 1,000 oversized pages of over 2,500 works of art. It is the most comprehensive and visually spectacular history of world art ever published. Ten years in the making, this unique book was created with a global team of 100 specialists in art history, who have collected together important works as they might be displayed in the ideal museum for the art lover.
Unrestricted by the constraints of physical space, this volume contains an unprecedented wealth of masterworks spanning three millennia and culled from 650 museums, galleries and private collections from 60 countries to tell the history of world art. It is organized by innovative color-coded, galleries, rooms, corridors and special exhibitions, which display the paintings, sculptures, frescos, photographs, tapestries, friezes, installations, performances, videos, woodblock prints, folding screens, ceramics and manuscripts that tell the history of world art. This is the only museum to house Leonardo's Mona Lisa, a collection of Rembrandt's finest self portraits, Velázquez's Las Meninas and Picasso's Guernica, as well as ceramics from China, Hokusai's woodblock prints, gold artefacts from Peru, and works by Jackson Pollock in one place.
With intelligent in-depth text throughout, explanatory lels for each artwork, a comprehensive glossary and detailed location maps, The Art Museum, is accessible for everyone from casual art fans to experts in the field.
"Phaidon has outdone itself with The Art Museum, a coffee table art book large enough to function as a small table itself. Likely the most comprehensive of its kind, this remarkable tome presents a survey of world art ranging from 30,000 BCE to the 21st century. Concentrations that would normally comprise specialized volumes are brought together here, organized into 'rooms' that mimic the spatial layout of brick-and-mortar museums. Brief but informative introductory essays provide a historical and cultural context of each room, giving readers (or visitors) essential knowledge otherwise found in art history textbooks. For all its accomplishments, the collection is predictably Occident- and Eurocentric, a mirror to the reality of the museum. While allowing for wonderfully detailed representations of the artworks, the book's size makes flipping back to the indices clunky and annoying. Including each work's real-world locations in the accompanying description would be preferable, but for space-saving reasons their method is understandable. Nevertheless, the maps, glossary and museums/gallery index are welcome supplements. This is a compendium worth the investment if you have the money and space. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Conceived and edited by Phaidon editors, with a consulting global team of specialists in all fields of art.
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