Synopses & Reviews
Visit some of Europe's greatest museums and galleries in the company of a knowledgeable tour guide.
"Who can resist an art critic with attitude?"
- Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, Ian Binnie
"It was wonderful! Julian shared his enormous knowledge of the world's best art with a panache that is irresistible."
- Justice Stephen Goudge, Ontario Court of Appeal
This essential companion to all the major European museums and galleries discusses some of the world's greatest paintings from Giotto through to Picasso. Julian Porter's passion for art began with the seven years he spent as a student tour guide in Europe. Since then, he has conducted countless tours of Europe's famous galleries - The Louvre, The Prado, The Hermitage, The Rijksmuseum, the Sistine Chapel, and many others.
In the usually pretentious arena of art connoisseurs, Porter's voice stands out as fresh and original. He finds the best of the best, which he describes with entertaining irreverence, and spares you hours of sore feet and superfluous information.
"Packing your bags for a European trip that includes visits to art galleries and museums? Be sure to tuck in this guide written for the 'gallery-going novice.' Not only will it save its readers time, sore feet and frustration by providing essential information about gallery locations, hours, closures and ticket-booking procedures, but Porter, a barrister and art critic, offers fresh insights into works in those famous galleries. The 149 'show-stoppers' he has chosen as must sees are accompanied by reproductions, and his comments about the paintings' history time, place, customs, context, style, and technique are refreshingly distinct from the usual gallery audio tour. He is forthright, sometimes irreverent, always entertaining, insightful, sensitive, and exceptionally attentive to unique details. The paintings come from 62 galleries in Eastern and Western Europe and Scandinavia, including the Louvre, the Prado, the Hermitage, the Rijksmuseum, the Sistine Chapel, and the National Gallery. The book's bold title reflects Porter's justified confidence in his critiques sufficient to allow him to give a thumbs-down to the number one choice of the 1985 Illustrated London News's top 20 paintings in the world. Luckily, this 'must-have' travelling companion is available as an e-book for easy packing. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
This essential companion to all the major European museums and galleries explains the meaning and importance of some of the world's greatest paintings. Beginning with Giotto in 1328 and ending with Picasso in 1936, Julian Porter offers you key information about each painting, tells you about the artist who created it, and the gallery or museum where it is located.
Julian Porter's passion for art began with the seven years he spent as a student tour guide in Europe. Since then, he has made countless pilgrimages to museums such as the Louvre and The Tate, The Uffizi and The Hermitage, often returning to certain paintings more than 30 times to explore their mysteries and discover novel aspects of the artists and their works.
Anyone who is interested in art and contemplating a European visit will want to read 149 Paintings to See Before You Die.
About the Author
Julian Porter Q.C. is a barrister who is noted for his jury addresses. His passion in art began as a tour guide in Europe. Since then he has made countless pilgrimages to see the great works, often returning to some paintings more than 30 times to explore their mysteries and discover novel aspects. He has lectured in galleries from Madrid to St. Petersburg, and currently lives in Toronto.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: LONDON
The Tate Gallery
The Queens Royal Gallery
Courtauld Institute of Art
Ashmolean Museum (Oxford)
Kings College (Cambridge)
Whistler and Ruskin
Chapter 2: PARIS
Musée Jacquemart André
Chapter 3: MADRID
Museo Reina Sofia
San Tomé, Toledo
Chapter 5: ROME
Vatican Art Gallery
Gallerie Doria Pamphilj
The Borghese Gallery
Church of Santa Maria del Popolo
Chapter 6: VENICE
Academia Art Gallery
Scuola Grande di S. Rocco
Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Church of San Cassiano
Chapter 7: FLORENCE
Galleria degli Uffizi
Basilica di Santa Maria Del Fiore, Duomo
Church of Santa Maria del Carmine
Chapter 8: ITALY (MISCELLANEOUS)
Arena Chapel, Padua
Ducal Palace, Mantua
Palazzo Te, Mantua
Basilica of San Francesco, Arezzo
Basilica of San Francesco dAssisi, Assisi
National Museum of Capodimonte, Naples
Brera Gallery, Milan
Chapter 9: EUROPE
Van Gogh Museum
Jan Six House
Cathedral of Our Lady
Schloss Charlottenburg Palace
Church of Our Lady
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
St. Bavo Cathedral
Lobkowicz Palace, Prague Castle
Index of Paintings