National Gallery: WASHINGTON.
DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 171 pages. Publisher: Newsweek/Great Museums of the World; (1968). The National Gallery, youngest of the world’s museums, is the possessor of incomparable treasures. From its nucleus, the twenty-one stupendous masterpieces once owned by Catherine the Great of Russia (acquired through intermediaries from the Hermitage by Andrew Mellon), it has grown to encompass the centuries from the thirteenth to the present. By its very splendor, it has attracted even greater gifts, including the Widener and Kress collections, and the glories of French Impressionism presented by Chester Dale.
Now within these pages the readers, like the visitor entering the Gallery’s classical porticoes and great rotunda, will find themselves on a guided tour of the collections, arranged as in the museum itself. Here the reader will find the while range, from the great Hermitage treasures to the haunting beauty of the portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci (precursor to the Mona Lisa), the only Leonardo in the Western Hemisphere.
Included are the germinal masterpieces of Flanders, Germany, Holland, and Spain; portraits by Cranach, Durer, Holbein. The splendid artifice of Rubens and Van Dyck. The supremely human art of Rembrandt, and those luminous miracles, the interiors of Vermeer. After these marvels, a panorama of French painting to be seen in a few museums outside of France, here is the Classicism of Poussin and Claude; the naturalism of Le Nain and Chardin; the marvelous Watteua “Italian Comedians” with its Rococo composition and pervasive melancholy. And on to Ingres, Delacroix, Courbet; to Renoir, all light, color, and air; to Manet, whose revolutionary “Gare Saint-Lazare” is shown in a beautiful double-spread; to Degas, Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, Gauguin.
National Gallery Washington is part of an extraordinary series of art books presenting, as if on guided tour, the “Great Museums of the World”. Produced by Newsweek, each presents the museum’s most important and memorable works of art; all especially photographed for this series and all reproduced in superb full color on high quality glossy stock, quality bound, by the finest European printing processes. Each volume possesses an introduction by the Museum’s Director, and a lucid text commenting on the historical and artistic significance of the works and their creators, prepared by a distinguished staff of European art historians.
CONDITION: Shelf wear to Dust Jacket, otherwise clean and in Very Good condition.
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REVIEW: 113 superb color photos display the magnificent heritage of master paintings given to the nation by its great collectors. Within these pages, the reader will enter the Gallery's classical porticoes and great rotunda, arranged as in the museum itself, to illumine the evolution of Western painting from Cimabue to Picasso. The whole range is here, from the great Hermitage treasures: the jewel-like 15th century Annunciation of Jan van Eyck and the Perugino Crucifixion with its noble landscape; to the quieter pleasures of the 18th century English landscape painting. Masterpieces of Flanders, Germany, Holland and Spain. Portraits by Durer, Holbein, Cranach, Rubens and Van Dyck, the supremely human art of Rembrandt. All are beautifully and colorfully shown in this volume.
REVIEW: In 113 superb color photographs, the national Gallery displays the magnificent heritage of master paintings given to the nation by its great collectors. Includes an introduction by the museum's director and text commenting on the historical and artistic significance of the works and their creators. A masterpiece of the photographic and publishing arts.
REVIEW: Enter the Gallery's classic porticoes and great rotunda and take a guided tour of the collections: Italy, France, Germany, Flanders, Spain, Holland, England, United States. Also includes history of the museum and layout. Absolutely stunning, a visual feast for the senses. One of the most gorgeous “coffee table” size/quality books I have ever seen.
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