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Greatest Works of Art of Western Civilization
     

Greatest Works of Art of Western Civilization

by Thomas Hoving
 

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One early morning of an exceptionally beautiful day I got the idea of retracing every step of my life as an art expert--from 1951--and writing down the works of art that had bowled me over visually and emotionally. The ones that after years I could describe down to the tiniest details, as if standing in front of them. These are the ones that changed my

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One early morning of an exceptionally beautiful day I got the idea of retracing every step of my life as an art expert--from 1951--and writing down the works of art that had bowled me over visually and emotionally. The ones that after years I could describe down to the tiniest details, as if standing in front of them. These are the ones that changed my lifeÓ So begins Thomas Hoving--the man who revolutionized the Metropolitan Museum of Art and with it the museums of the world--in this sumptuous book that contains his passionate, opinionated, and sometimes controversial selection of the 111 masterpieces of Western art. Encompassing classical Greek statuary, paintings by Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Renoir, Munch, and Pollack, frescoes by Piero Della Francesca, mosaics, altarpieces, tapestries, even Benvenuto Cellini's Great Salt Cellar, this book takes a fresh, engaging look at Western man's artistic accomplishments. Interpreted with wit, zeal, and passion, The Greatest Works of Art includes treasures from the Museum of Modern Art, the Phillips Collection, the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, and of course the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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This sumptuous book records the passionate, opinionated, and sometimes controversial selection of the 111 masterpieces of Western art by Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Each work is reproduced in spectacular color and is accompanied by an incisive, succinct, and witty explanation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885183538
Publisher:
Artisan
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
11.25(w) x 11.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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Thomas Hoving, a former director of New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the man who invented the blockbuster exhibition and changed forever the sleepy world of the art museum. He has written two novels and several works of nonfiction, including the national best-seller Making the Mummies Dance: Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was editor-in-chief of Connoisseur magazine and is now president of Hoving Associates Inc., an international museum and cultural affairs consulting firm.

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