The Art Galleries of the World

The Art Galleries of the World

by Helen Langdon
     
 

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Whether guiding us to the scuole of Venice or to the avant–garde galleries of New York, the National Gallery of London or the private collections of Rome, this invaluable pocket guide to the art of the Western world highlights all the essential places to visit. Art historian Helen Langdon takes us to the world’s most popular museums as well as to

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Whether guiding us to the scuole of Venice or to the avant–garde galleries of New York, the National Gallery of London or the private collections of Rome, this invaluable pocket guide to the art of the Western world highlights all the essential places to visit. Art historian Helen Langdon takes us to the world’s most popular museums as well as to minor but equally fascinating galleries, churches, villas, and houses, where she draws our attention to outstanding paintings and sculptures. Arranged alphabetically by country, and then by city or art center, the guide features: visitor’s information, including opening hours, address, telephone and fax, website and e–mail; a star rating system of important works; foreign language vocabularies; an A–Z index of 500 major artists and sculptors; a glossary of art terms; and 180 color photos. Among Helen Langdon’s books are Knopf Traveler’s Guide to Art: Italy and the highly praised Caravaggio: A Life.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
As one might guess from the title, this revision of 1981's Mitchell Beazley Pocket Art Gallery Guide takes on more than it can handle. Langdon presents the address, phone number, and hours of operation for literally hundreds of museums (and some churches) organized by country, and then city, as well as country overviews, artist biographies, and a short glossary of art terms. Predictably, London, Paris, and Berlin have about ten museums each, though one assumes anyone visiting them would take along a guidebook listing many more. More disappointing, while the United States gets decent coverage, the other nine non-European countries have just two to eight entries apiece. In fact checking just the New York entries, one notes that Langdon gets the wrong date for one national holiday and apparently does not know that most commercial galleries left SoHo for Chelsea years ago or that MoMA has moved temporarily to Queens. These lapses are regrettable, because Langdon writes with concision and clarity, adding just the right amount of informed opinion to stimulate reader interest. Expanding this book into a series of country guides would be a good idea, but in its present form, it cannot be recommended.-Eric Bryant, "Library Journal" Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780952998662
Publisher:
Pallas Athene (UK)
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
Revised edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x (d)

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