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Proceedings of the American Association of Museums Volume 5-8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 Excerpt: ...with Covered Haystack by a River," "Forest Scene," "View over a Flat, Wooded Country" (one of many sequences noted) is to have one's vision remanded to nursery conditions. Again, in a collection of Eastern art the first half of the label, "Reliures Orientales xvi-xvin Siecles" unnecessarily occupies the ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 Excerpt: ...with Covered Haystack by a River," "Forest Scene," "View over a Flat, Wooded Country" (one of many sequences noted) is to have one's vision remanded to nursery conditions. Again, in a collection of Eastern art the first half of the label, "Reliures Orientales xvi-xvin Siecles" unnecessarily occupies the visitor's mind and eyes. The objects are patently bookbindings and the collection wholly oriental. In another collection an object is carefully labelled "Small Bronze Horse;" the facts that it is small, of bronze, and a horse being already plain. An important indirect advantage of a label is that it provides a name by which to call a work of art. This advantage is missed when the name is such as could be invented forthwith by anyone who remembered the object at all. For objects of minor art there seems no alternative generally applicable, owing to the two physical difficulties just mentioned, other than to employ collective labels giving a general description of a whole class of exhibits. Such signs could be composed to answer the essential questions of visitors; and a legible number, which it is always possible to affix to any object however small, might refer to a list or catalog which should be duly advertised and made accessible. As matters now stand, the visitor looking through an exhibit of minor art for what may chance to interest him is often, perhaps generally, disappointed when he seeks a label on the object of his choice. Such collective signs, unobtrusively placed high on a wall or on the frame of a case, are not infrequent at present in European museums and were to me always welcome. But because their use is not made a system, they still betray the prevailing vice of labels--that of getting themselves...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781150473968
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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