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1001 Paintings at the Louvre:From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century

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This lavishly illustrated book provides a wonderful panorama of 4000 years of painting history all selected and reproduced in its pages by one of the most celebrated art photographers of our time. The book includes introductory texts and descriptive captions of the paintings chosen fo rinclusion.
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Overview

This lavishly illustrated book provides a wonderful panorama of 4000 years of painting history all selected and reproduced in its pages by one of the most celebrated art photographers of our time. The book includes introductory texts and descriptive captions of the paintings chosen fo rinclusion.
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Beyond the glass pyramid in the heart of Paris lies a collection of art in a variety of departments, some well known and some that remain hidden in the shadows. This work, which deals with painted objects in every department of this treasure house, allows us to see into these recesses without ever having to leave home. Scholarly essays introduce the pieces in each department, which range from Oriental antiquities to Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; Islamic arts; all European paintings; and the graphic and decorative arts. Erich Lessing's excellent photographs are reproduced in sumptuous color, offering the reader another look at the familiar and the pleasures of discovering something new. Along with Sassetta altarpieces and Botticelli's Portrait of a Youth, one can find illuminated manuscripts, Roman frescoes, S vres vases, and magic papyri. The artistic experience is similar to a week spent probing the widespread wings of the Louvre on a tour conducted by the keepers of the objects. A visual and intellectual feast, this would be an excellent resource in any art library collection and, as an armchair trip abroad, could not be any better. Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788874392773
  • Publisher: 5 Continents Editions
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Painting in the ancient Orient 24
The paintings of the Palace of Mari 25
Tell Ahmar, formerly Til Barsip 26
Dura Europos 27
Painted Stelac from Sidon 28
The paintings of ancient Egypt 32
Pharaonic Egypt 34
Roman Egypt 43
Coptic Egypt 47
Antique Greek painting 52
Antique Roman painting 58
Islamic arts 65
French paintings 77
Italian paintings 243
Spanish paintings 375
Flemish and Dutch paintings 389
Germanic paintings and other northern schools 479
British paintings 493
Colour and paper 504
French school 506
Italian school 531
Northern school 544
English school 548
Swiss school 549
Painting and the decorative arts 552
The Middle Ages 553
The Renaissance 555
The seventeenth century 560
The eighteenth century 562
The nineteenth century 571
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    informative and educating art book of paintings from the Louvre

    Innumerable paintings from the Louvre are pictured in bright colors on glossy paper catching all their details and shadings. 'Painting' is used loosely, so that there are also many rarely-seen works from the famed museum's Cabinet de Dessins (Drawing Gallery) as well as illuminated manuscripts, murals, and works on decorative objects such as porcelain objects and watchcases in addition to the oils, watercolors, gouaches, and others on canvas or paper and usually framed. Beginning with works from the Orient, the organization moving through centuries and across cultures leads to more detailed sections on European paintings by centuries and ends with sections on graphic arts and decorative arts. There are many attractive, voluminous books of art from the Louvre and other outstanding museums. But this one is distinctive for its reach regarding the major genre of painting in the incomparable collection of this leading museum of international reputation. Also, with essays on cultural influences, styles, subjects, and leading painters of the eras and keenly observant, often incisive annotations on each of the numerous works by art historians, the book is especially informative and educating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    A VOLUME TO TREASURE

    If a trip to Paris including a day at what is arguably the most famous museum in the world isn't in your plans, this gorgeous volume is an excellent armchair visit. Further, it is a visit you can make whenever you wish with no walking, standing or climbing stairs involved! Edited by Vincent Pomarede and featuring gorgeous photographs (many full page) by Erich Lessing this volume is as the Preface states 'a dazzling printed gallery of works selected both to please and instruct.' The volume does, of course, contain many well-known and loved masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa and La Tour's The Adoration of the Shepherds, in addition it also holds lesser known paintings that merit our attention. Thumbnail captions by various curators accompany each painting often drawing the eye to an important attribute of the work or placing it in appropriate context with other artists and periods. Although I've used 'painting' in its broadest term, also included are remarkable illuminated manuscripts, studies, stained glass, pottery, furniture and tableware. It is tantamount to impossible to describe the wealth of beauty housed in the Louvre and words are also inadequate to described the wonders found in the 576 pages of this exquisite volume. It is a rare book, one that will be enjoyed over and over again as well as by generations to come. Highly recommended. - Gail Cooke

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