Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration

Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration

by Jay A. Levenson

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This massive logistical undertaking aims to survey, in the century centered on Columbus's voyages, artistic production in Europe, in Asia (where he thought he was going), and in the Americas (where he ended up). The over 50 essays are generally brief, well written for a general audience, and insightful. Six hundred catalog entries by various authors give extended discussions of some outstanding art objects from many cultures. In fact, the objects shown at the National Gallery are greater than their sum; excellent in detail, this catalog is mind-numbing in its size and complexity and makes no clear statement, unless that itself is its intent. Still, it is very useful for bits and pieces, particularly the Oriental and American sections. Recommended for general collections. Previewed in ``Rediscovering Columbus,'' LJ 8/91, p. 120-22.--Ed.-- Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs.

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