Prado

Prado

by Santiago Alcolea Blanch
     
 

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Long known as "the museum-lover's museum", the Prado Museum in Madrid contains artworks by the best, and the best-known painters of the 12th through the 20th centuries. This collection features the jewels of the Prado, gathered by the kings and queens of Spain, and shown in all their splendor. Scores of European masters including Rubens, Bosch, Raphael--and of course,

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Long known as "the museum-lover's museum", the Prado Museum in Madrid contains artworks by the best, and the best-known painters of the 12th through the 20th centuries. This collection features the jewels of the Prado, gathered by the kings and queens of Spain, and shown in all their splendor. Scores of European masters including Rubens, Bosch, Raphael--and of course, the works of the Spanish school, El Greco, Velaquez, Goya--are represented. Over 320 illustrations, 275 in full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One of Europe's finest museums, the Prado in Madrid boasts masterpieces by El Greco, Velazquez, Titian, Raphael, Rubens, Watteau and Gainsborough, to name a few. This tony album lets one trace Goya's years of exile in Bordeaux, stumble into Bosch's fiery allegorical world and confront the intense, defiant gaze of Durer's Self-Portrait . There are a few modernist works here (Picasso, Miro), but emphasis is on the 15th through 19th centuries, with paintings organized by school (Spanish, Italian, German, etc.) so that readers can follow the evolution of each national style. With 275 color reproductions plus essays on each school and a ponderous 102-page history of the museum by Spanish art historian Blanch, the album is studded with delightful surprises, including Spanish artist Mariano Fortuny (1838-1874), who must rank as one of Europe's great lyric painters. BOMC featured dividend. (Dec.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Blanch offers readers a tour of the treasures of Madrid's Prado Museum in this lavishly illustrated volume that is buttressed with 275 full-page color plates. Originally published in 1991 for a hefty $95, this is a steal at $40 and essential for serious public and academic art collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810981478
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
474
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.75(h) x 1.75(d)

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