Masterworks in Berlin: A City's Paintings Reunited

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Masterworks in Berlin: A City's Paintings Reunited fulfills two key functions - it is a glorious presentation of the best pictures in the Berlin museums and an unusually effective survey of European art from medieval times to the First World War. Presented chronologically, this book features a series of portfolios whose text and pictures deal with the schools or artists for which Berlin's museums are so celebrated. Each of these monographic gatherings is a revelation of the city's masterpieces, some neglected or ...
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Masterworks in Berlin: A City's Paintings Reunited fulfills two key functions - it is a glorious presentation of the best pictures in the Berlin museums and an unusually effective survey of European art from medieval times to the First World War. Presented chronologically, this book features a series of portfolios whose text and pictures deal with the schools or artists for which Berlin's museums are so celebrated. Each of these monographic gatherings is a revelation of the city's masterpieces, some neglected or forgotten. Many of the over seven hundred reproductions have never before been shown in color. This is the most comprehensive publication ever devoted to the capital's paintings, and the first to discuss the reorganized, rebuilt, or new institutions that house them. Foremost among these is the new Gemaldegalerie for Old Masters, which houses the bulk of Berlin's magisterial collections of earlier pictures. Works from the city's museums at Potsdam and Charlottenburg are included in this book, along with those from Jagdschloss Grunewald and the old and new Nationalgaleries, works long kept at the Kaiser Friedrich (Bode) Museum, and more recent art from the Markisches and Brucke museums. Major Italian panels include masterpieces by Giotto, Fra Angelico, the Lorenzetti, and Masaccio, with later works by Botticelli and Raphael. Berlin has the world's leading collection of early Netherlandish painting, with outstanding works by Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, among many others. Dutch and Flemish seventeenth-century artists are equally well represented, distinguished by a huge gathering of paintings by Rubens and van Dyck, Hals, Rembrandt, and the Ruisdaels. Venetian verdutisti - Canaletto and Guardi - are seen in all their glory with other painters from the same region, such as Tiepolo. German nineteenth-century masters, especially Friedrich, Menzel, and Bocklin, are shown at their best. The collections include fine examples of Impressionism and Expre
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This edition truly unites the rich collections still dispersed among the Prussian capital's many museums. Eisler, the Robert Lehman professor of Fine Arts at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, loves these works and brings to his discussion of over 700 paintings an extraordinary knowledge of their history and place in the larger history of art. His breezy style entwines historical context with observations on artistic development, and an occasional provocative glibness: Botticelli is called "painter to the parvenu"; d'Oggiono's Christ "suggests an aspiring bearded lady"; Biedermeier is described as "more a state of mind than a style"; "no Westerner ever got more mileage out of a single brushstroke" than Hals. Berlin's collections, gained through astute political and trading maneuvers, place the city among today's richest centers of Western Art, despite great losses in WWII. Acquisitions from the Renaissance to today include premier examples from every major European epoch and, as such, the book can serve as a great teaching museum. The added bonus is Berlin's extensive German collections, which will help introduce Americans to works of painters that are increasingly coming into their own now that the reunification of Germany makes exhibitions of their work practicable: painters like Chodowiecki and Spitzweg, Friedrich and the romantics; lesser-known "Germanic impressionists" like Menzel, Liebl, Truebner, the influential Berlin Secession and Expressionism. This is not all-inclusive. Dix and Kollwitz, to cite two examples, are absent save for their names. Notwithstanding, this volume is worth its formidable weight and price for the text and the fabulous reproductions. (Dec.)
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This edition truly unites the rich collections still dispersed among the Prussian capital's many museums. Eisler, the Robert Lehman professor of Fine Arts at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, loves these works and brings to his discussion of over 700 paintings an extraordinary knowledge of their history and place in the larger history of art. His breezy style entwines historical context with observations on artistic development, and an occasional provocative glibness: Botticelli is called "painter to the parvenu"; d'Oggiono's Christ "suggests an aspiring bearded lady"; Biedermeier is described as "more a state of mind than a style"; "no Westerner ever got more mileage out of a single brushstroke" than Hals. Berlin's collections, gained through astute political and trading maneuvers, place the city among today's richest centers of Western Art, despite great losses in WWII. Acquisitions from the Renaissance to today include premier examples from every major European epoch and, as such, the book can serve as a great teaching museum. The added bonus is Berlin's extensive German collections, which will help introduce Americans to works of painters that are increasingly coming into their own now that the reunification of Germany makes exhibitions of their work practicable: painters like Chodowiecki and Spitzweg, Friedrich and the romantics; lesser-known "Germanic impressionists" like Menzel, Liebl, Truebner, the influential Berlin Secession and Expressionism. This is not all-inclusive. Dix and Kollwitz, to cite two examples, are absent save for their names. Notwithstanding, this volume is worth its formidable weight and price for the text and the fabulous reproductions.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780821219515
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 685
  • Product dimensions: 12.49 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 2.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Berlin's Paintings Collected, Housed, Reunited 1
Medieval Masterpieces 18
Northern Art, 1400-1600 50
The Italian Renaissance, 1400-1600 166
Splendor and Intimacy: The Baroque, 1600-1700 274
Souvenir and Circumstance: European Painting, 1700-1800 424
From Romanticism to Expressionism: European Painting, 1800-1914 508
List of Illustrations 642
Selected Bibliography 661
Index 662
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