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The art museum / [conceived by Richard Schlagman].

Contributor(s): Schlagman, Richard | Phaidon Press.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London ; New York, NY : Phaidon, 2011Description: [992] pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 43 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780714856520; 0714856525.Subject(s): Art -- History | Art appreciationDDC classification: 709
Contents:
Art of the Stone Age -- Ancient Near East -- Ancient Egypt -- Ancient Greece -- Early Italian and Etruscan art -- Ancient Rome -- Native cultures of early Europe -- Central Asia -- China and Korea -- Japan -- Byzantine art -- Islamic art -- Medieval Europe -- Italian Renaissance -- Northern Renaissance -- South Asia -- South-east Asia -- Native cultures of the Americas -- Baroque and Rococo -- Neoclassicism -- Art of the nineteenth century -- Africa -- Australia and Oceania -- Art from 1900 to mid-century -- Art since the mid-20th century.
Summary: "This unique book was created with a global team of specialists in all fields of art, including museum curators and educators, who have collected together important works as they might be displayed in the ideal museum for the art lover ... Features 992 oversized pages of nearly 2,700 works of art"--Publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The Art Museumoffers 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 Museumis both fantastic to browse through and an indispensable guide to art throughout the ages.

"This imaginary museum, created and curated by Phaidon, houses ... around 3,000 paintings, sculptures, frescos, photographs, tapestries, friezes, installations, performances, videos, woodblock prints, screens, ceramics, and manuscripts that together tell the history of world art"--Title page verso.

Includes index.

Art of the Stone Age -- Ancient Near East -- Ancient Egypt -- Ancient Greece -- Early Italian and Etruscan art -- Ancient Rome -- Native cultures of early Europe -- Central Asia -- China and Korea -- Japan -- Byzantine art -- Islamic art -- Medieval Europe -- Italian Renaissance -- Northern Renaissance -- South Asia -- South-east Asia -- Native cultures of the Americas -- Baroque and Rococo -- Neoclassicism -- Art of the nineteenth century -- Africa -- Australia and Oceania -- Art from 1900 to mid-century -- Art since the mid-20th century.

"This unique book was created with a global team of specialists in all fields of art, including museum curators and educators, who have collected together important works as they might be displayed in the ideal museum for the art lover ... Features 992 oversized pages of nearly 2,700 works of art"--Publisher.

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Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

In this oversized (16 1/2" x 12 5/8"), heavy (almost 18 lbs.), extensively and lavishly illustrated (2700 color reproductions, including details) publication, the Phaidon editors and a global team of 100 archaeologists, art educators, art historians, museum curators, scholars, and other specialists attempt to present an ideal or "virtual" museum between two book covers. Unrestricted by the constraints of physical space or a budget, they have assembled one of the finest, nearly comprehensive art collections, ten years in the making, featuring close to 1000 double-page spreads of over 2600 masterworks, spanning three millennia and culled from 650 museums, galleries, and private collections in 60 countries. Telling the history of world art, this book is organized into 25 color-coded galleries, which bring together many inaccessible or unpublished artworks along with iconic ones. Verdict 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.-Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Phaidon has outdone itself with The Art Museum, a coffee table art book large enough to function as a small table itself. Likely the most comprehensive of its kind, this remarkable tome presents a survey of world art ranging from 30,000 BCE to the 21st century. Concentrations that would normally comprise specialized volumes are brought together here, organized into "rooms" that mimic the spatial layout of brick-and-mortar museums. Brief but informative introductory essays provide a historical and cultural context of each room, giving readers (or visitors) essential knowledge otherwise found in art history textbooks. For all its accomplishments, the collection is predictably Occident- and Eurocentric, a mirror to the reality of the museum. While allowing for wonderfully detailed representations of the artworks, the book's size makes flipping back to the indices clunky and annoying. Including each work's real-world locations in the accompanying description would be preferable, but for space-saving reasons their method is understandable. Nevertheless, the maps, glossary and museums/gallery index are welcome supplements. This is a compendium worth the investment if you have the money and space. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

CHOICE Review

The editors at Phaidon, with Asher (Univ. of Minnesota) and Beaven (La Trobe Univ., Australia), have produced a beautiful, albeit quite hefty tome (even by art book standards), which purports to give "a complete overview of world art explained with visual clarity." The Art Museum includes over 3,000 images organized into an idealized museum of rooms (ordered roughly by chronology and geography) and special thematic exhibits. Its large size allows for beautifully rendered images that compel viewers to engage some time in looking at the masterpieces. The images, however, provide the book's sole benefit. Brief accompanying texts are seemingly modeled on the text panels one would find in an actual museum. Some editorial oversights are evident. In at least one instance, images and text do not match (Room 426: the text and plates are switched for numbers 8 and 9). Several discussions appear to neglect the most current scholarship; e.g., the description of van Eyck's The Arnolfini Portrait reflects a viewpoint that has been vigorously challenged in recent decades. Most unfortunate is the book's complete absence of references, lacking even a paltry suggested further reading list. What might have been a useful companion to an art historical survey course seems instead the ultimate coffee-table book. Summing Up: Optional. General readers. K. Greer Oakland University