Only the Best: Masterpieces of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

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A Metropolitan Museum of Art Publication This volume brings together 80 of the finest masterpieces in the collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, all richly illustrated in color. These magnificent works, which reflect the eclectic taste of renowned art collector Calouste Gulbenkian (1896-1955), include paintings by Rubens, Fragonard, Gainsborough, Turner, and Manet; jewelry by Lalique and silver from services produced for the nobility of Russia and Western Europe; Roman medallions; Ottoman ceramics;...
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Overview

A Metropolitan Museum of Art Publication This volume brings together 80 of the finest masterpieces in the collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, all richly illustrated in color. These magnificent works, which reflect the eclectic taste of renowned art collector Calouste Gulbenkian (1896-1955), include paintings by Rubens, Fragonard, Gainsborough, Turner, and Manet; jewelry by Lalique and silver from services produced for the nobility of Russia and Western Europe; Roman medallions; Ottoman ceramics; Japanese lacquerware; and books and textiles from both the Eastern and Western worlds. Published to accompany an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this stunning book offers dazzling testimony to Gulbenkian's devotion to quality. As a collector-whether of ancient Egyptian pieces, Islamic works, or European painting and decorative arts-Gulbenkian acquired "only the best." 120 illustrations, 112 in full color, 81_2 x 10"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300086485
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

President and Chairman's Foreword VI
Director's Foreword VII
Director's Foreword VIII
Contributors to the Catalogue IX
Acknowledgments X
Note to the Reader XI
Calouste Gulbenkian: The Collector as Creator 3
A Home for Our "Friends of a Lifetime" 11
Catalogue
Roman, Islamic, Armenian, Egyptian, and Chinese Art 18
Medieval and Renaissance Art 32
Islamic Art 53
Old Master Paintings 89
Eighteenth-Century Decorative Arts 109
French Sculpture 128
Nineteenth-Century Painting 134
Lacquer, Lalique, and Modern Bindings 148
Selected Bibliography 163
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