Master Pieces: The Curator's Game

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A stunning visual game that helps readers enjoy, appreciate, and identify great works of art.
As Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a decade, Thomas Hoving brought art to a new level of public awareness by pioneering such blockbuster shows as the King Tut exhibit. Early in his career, Hoving was introduced to the "curator's game." Each week, he and his contemporaries met to examine details of larger museum masterpieces. Whoever correctly identified the detail in ...

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Overview

A stunning visual game that helps readers enjoy, appreciate, and identify great works of art.
As Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a decade, Thomas Hoving brought art to a new level of public awareness by pioneering such blockbuster shows as the King Tut exhibit. Early in his career, Hoving was introduced to the "curator's game." Each week, he and his contemporaries met to examine details of larger museum masterpieces. Whoever correctly identified the detail in context won free coffee: the losers paid. In an imaginative adaptation of this exercise, Hoving introduces us to the challenge and the fun of identifying art, and to the rewards of familiarity with the great works. A section of paintings accompanied by brief essays introduces a range of artists, themes, techniques, and styles, while progressively demanding "clues" are provided to help identify visual details in context. No experience is necessary to play this game. Readers at all levels will discover the fun of identifying and remembering great art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393328387
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/21/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 506,824
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, also served as editor of Connoisseur and cultural correspondent for ABC's "20/20." The author of fifteen books, including the bestsellers Making the Mummies Dance and Tutankhamun, he lives in New York City.

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    Hoving's engaging book/puzzle/quiz is wonderful...

    Trustworthiness: 5 out of 5

    Objectiveness: 5 out of 5

    Completeness: 5 out of 5 (I regret, this book needs more material/picture quizzes)

    Well-written: 5 out of 5 (This book is more puzzle/quiz than prose)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2009

    a game that teaches

    I love this book and have given a copy to each of my children. It's fun to play and a great introduction to art and art history for novices. I have also used it as a reference book at times. It's a book that teaches and challenges a solitary reader and the concept is great for a group. I wish Mr. Hoving would create a sequel. Re my above ratings--I don't believe in coffee table books.

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