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Candida Hofer: Louvre

Candida Hofer: Louvre

by Candida Hofer
     
 

The architectural history of the Louvre stretches back to the early 13th century. A comparatively modest royal fortress, it became the royal residence under François I, friend and patron of Leonardo da Vinci. Louis XIV turned the Louvre into a splendid castle. Four years after the outbreak of the French Revolution, the Louvre opened its doors to the public.

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The architectural history of the Louvre stretches back to the early 13th century. A comparatively modest royal fortress, it became the royal residence under François I, friend and patron of Leonardo da Vinci. Louis XIV turned the Louvre into a splendid castle. Four years after the outbreak of the French Revolution, the Louvre opened its doors to the public. The royal art collections, with constant additions through Napoleon's military campaigns and forays as well as donations, purchases and excavations, today make the Louvre one of the world's richest and finest museums. Candida Höfer, known for her images of deserted public spaces, photographed the empty rooms and galleries of the Louvre on days when it was closed to the public. In her luminous color pictures, the treasures of Western art enter into a silent yet eloquent dialog with the architectural setting, the luxurious or sober décor, the building's past, and its present as a museum.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This book's text, presented in French, German, and English, is entirely secondary to Höfer's (Candida Höfer: A Monograph) vividly colorful, unpopulated photographs of the Louvre's interiors. Loyrette's (president & director, the Louvre) one-page foreword places the book in the context of other publications on the Paris museum. Bernadac's (chief curator of contemporary art, the Louvre) two-page introduction lists the specific galleries illustrated and provides some background on the artist. Employing one-point perspective throughout, the full-page or double-page spreads are meticulously executed and printed, and a purist editorial approach reserves captions for thumbnail images at the volume's close. This approach may be overly chaste; keying the photographs to floor plans, crediting architects, and including dates of construction would augment the documentary value of the work. Still, the visual description of the spaces is eloquent and powerful. Those libraries with no prior titles by the photographer may prefer her Monograph(text by Michael Krüger, Schirmer/Mosel, 2003), with its more eclectic subject matter. Recommended for photography collections only.
—Paul Glassman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783829602501
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
11/25/2006
Edition description:
Multilingu
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 13.50(h) x (d)

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