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Paris: City of Art
     

Paris: City of Art

by Jean-Marie Perouse De Montclos, Jean-Marie Perouse De Montclos
 
Originally published in French in 2000 by Editions Mengès (with the title L'Art de Paris), this massive volume (10.75x12.5") provides the history of art and architecture in the city of Paris from Roman times to the present. The text gives the reader a thorough grounding in the development of art and architecture, aesthetic ideas, the impact of patronage,

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Originally published in French in 2000 by Editions Mengès (with the title L'Art de Paris), this massive volume (10.75x12.5") provides the history of art and architecture in the city of Paris from Roman times to the present. The text gives the reader a thorough grounding in the development of art and architecture, aesthetic ideas, the impact of patronage, the lives and careers of significant artists and architects, and related issues in history and politics, in the city of Paris. Most dazzling are the book's many color plates, which are generous in size (many spread over two pages) and copious. A list of short artist's biographies is included. Pérouse de Montclos is a French art historian with a specialization in the French Renaissance and Baroque. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
Weighing a hefty 11 pounds, this surpassingly rich visual and intellectual feast is the luxury book bargain of the season. With a tone at once magisterial and personal, learned but accessible, the historian and curator Jean-Marie Perouse de Montclos (well served by a sympathetic squadron of translators) conducts a stately promenade through the 23 centuries since a Celtic people called the Parisii settled on the Seine's Ile de la Cite. Though the work's subtitle leads one to believe that its subject is painting and sculpture, which are indeed fully represented, its primary theme is the architecture of the City of Light, and rarely has it shone more brightly on the printed page. — Martin Filler
Library Journal - Library Journal
The city of Paris, with its proud history, magnificent architecture, and incredible works of art, is the subject of this enormous volume. P rouse de Montclos (History of French Architecture) presents a broad, sweeping view of the city through its art from prehistoric times to the end of the 20th century. The book is divided by time into three parts, each beginning with a chronological outline followed by a detailed text, some of it repetitive. Part 1 covers antiquity and the Middle Ages, Part 2 discusses the development of the arts in the aristocracy and middle class from the Renaissance through the French Revolution, and Part 3 begins with the Napoleonic age and moves through the golden era of French painting to the city's becoming the first international art center. The translation is at times uneven, and the author's enthusiasm for architecture is apparent, while his treatment of the other arts is less complete. A good reference feature included here is an alphabetical biographical section with succinct bios of notable Parisians. The bibliography is in French and thus not accessible to the English reader. While visitors to Paris may enjoy the hundreds of color photographs and reproductions in this beautiful, ambitious gift book, they are not enough for most libraries. Not a necessary purchase.-Ellen Bates, New York Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865652262
Publisher:
Vendome Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
708
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 12.37(h) x 2.50(d)

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