The Art Museum (Hardcover)

The Art Museum By Frederick M. Asher, Lisa Beaven, Marshall Becker, Phaidon Editors Cover Image

The Art Museum (Hardcover)


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The Art Museum offers the museum experience without the boundaries of space and time. The unique structure of the book has been created by specialists in all fields of art, from institutions worldwide, who have collected together important and innovative works as they might be displayed in the ideal museum for the art lover.

As any great museum the book is divided into galleries, presenting the extraordinary variety of artistic output, from ancient Greece, to Australasia and Oceania, Byzantine art to that of the Pre-Columbian Americas, the Renaissance to twentieth-century art, with an emphasis on later western art. Rooms examine important aspects and movements within the gallery. Corridors between the rooms allow the reader to focus on seminal works of each period and culture, with the huge reproduction format allowing for detailed examination.

The rooms present the finest examples of human creativity, each piece labelled with key data (including dates, medium and dimensions) alongside a brief description, and the group of works explained by a curator. Painting, sculpture, metalwork, textiles and ceramics comprise the wide variety offered to the reader, as individual works are all contextualised with expert contributors detailing the works’ significance to the evolution of art history. With cross-references throughout, a comprehensive glossary and detailed location maps, The Art Museum is both fantastic to browse through and an indispensable guide to art throughout the ages.

Conceived and edited by Phaidon editors
Product Details ISBN: 9780714856520
ISBN-10: 0714856525
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication Date: October 17th, 2011
Pages: 992
Language: English

'Why buy a mere art book when you could have a museum of your own.' – The Times

'Chock-full of things you don't often see reproduced on this scale.' – The New York Times

'A bold assertion of the importance of the printed page.' – Art Quarterly

'It's a book to get lost in, possibly for the rest of your life.' – The Daily Mail

'What is a great work of art? The question asks itself when you leaf through The Art Museum, a colossal new book that gathers together an ideal collection of superlative sculptures, paintings, vases, embroideries and installations.' – The Guardian

'Unprecedented, unique, and vast in scope, this visually spectacular survey of world art belongs in large public, academic, and special libraries. Destined to delight, inspire, and educate, as well as become an invaluable, classic, art reference resource, it is very highly recommended.' – Library

'...A clearly laid out and lavishly illustrated compendium of the best of world culture.' – The Times

'The world's greatest works of art in one volume... A monumental museum without walls.' – The Daily Telegraph

'Coolly neoclassical in design... You can take guided tours with experts whispering in your ear as you consult the captions. Exhaustive.' – The Observer

'The 2,500 works that really matter in 1,000 stunning pages.' – Reader's Digest

'This extensive compendium is easy to digest.' – The Washington Post

‘Compared to other art history texts on the market, The Art Museum is very readable.’ - New York Journal of Books

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