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Louvre
Nicholas D' Archimbaud
0810982153
Mar 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
This sumptuous, 335-page book, which is illustrated with 650 original photographs by the author as well as hundreds of works of art in the Louvre's vast holdings (plus archival plans and documents), is the next best thing to being in Paris, at the great museum itself. This history of 600 years of royal patronage, architectural adjustment, and voracious collecting of sculptures, treasures, paintings, and antiquities is for the cultured traveler, the intelligent tourist, and the art-loving amateur. The picture captions are warmly written and discursive, often with only minimal details about size and materials, and the text is much too user-friendly for art historians. But there is a great deal of information here, which could be absorbed only through long hours of perusal. The book is divided into three main sections: Eight...


The Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Edition
Dan Brown
076792603X
March 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
One of the bestselling novels of all time, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code has intrigued and thrilled millions of readers around the world. Now all the artwork, symbols, architecture, and historic locations—over 160 images—are beautifully compiled in this full-color collector’s edition.

A mind-bending code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci.
A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe.
An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the...


The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown
1400079179
March 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
With The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history.

A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only Neveu's grandfather's murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to...



Memling's Portraits
Till-Holger Borchert
0500093261
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
A thorough and sumptuously illustrated appraisal of every one of Hans Memling's portraits.Published to accompany a major international touring exhibition, this catalogue provides a lavish overview of Memling's successful career in portraiture, with a selection of some thirty portraits by the master and his school, including portrait-wings from diptychs and triptychs along with autonomous panels of individual patrons.Each of the three venues—the Museo Thyssen- Bornemisza, Madrid, the Groeningemuseum, Bruges, and The Frick Collection, New York—has contributed paintings unique to its collection, and all the works are reproduced here. The selection illustrates topics of particular relevance to Memling's work: the exchange of influences with contemporary portraiture from Italy to Germany; issues of patronage...


The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown
0307277674
March 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
With The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history.

A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only Neveu's grandfather's murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to...



From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E.L. Konigsburg
0689711816
April 1, 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
After reading this book, I guarantee that you will never visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or any wonderful, old cavern of a museum) without sneaking into the bathrooms to look for Claudia and her brother Jamie. They're standing on the toilets, still, hiding until the museum closes and their adventure begins. Such is the impact of timeless novels . . . they never leave us. E. L. Konigsburg won the 1967 Newbery Medal for this tale of how Claudia and her brother run away to the museum in order to teach their parents a lesson. Little do they know that mystery awaits! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away...so she decided not to run FROM somewhere, but TO...


El Codigo Da Vinci
Dan Brown
8495618818
Jan 2005
(Hardcover) - Spanish
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Book Description
¿Qué misterio se oculta tras la sonrisa de la celebre Mona Lisa? Durante siglos, la Iglesia ha conseguido mantener oculta la verdad… hasta ahora. Uno de los libros con mas tiempo en el tope de la lista de los Best Sellers del New York Times!.... El Código Da Vinci, ahora en un audiolibro narrado en español del bestseller internacional de Dan Brown, producido exclusivamente por FONOLIBRO, el cual no podrá dejar de escuchar hasta que llegue al inesperado final. Mientras se encontraba en un viaje de negocios en Paris, Robert Langdon, experto en simbologia de la universidad de Harvard, recibe una llamada urgente a media noche. Jacques Saunière, el último Gran Maestre de una sociedad secreta que se remonta a la fundación de los Templarios, ha sido asesinado en el museo del...


The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown
0385504209
March 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
With The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history.

A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only Neveu's grandfather's murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Mere...



Eye Magic
Metropolitan Museum of Art
0764178695
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
A beautifully illustrated, imaginatively designed book is packaged here with several unusual "eye magic" items. This fascinating set explores the subject of visual illusions in art and technology. The book shows and discusses many examples of trompe l'oeil (fool-the-eye) artworks, including a famous eighteenth-century painting by British artist William Hogarth, paintings by French pointillist artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, and examples from the American Op Art movement that flourished in the 1960s. Also presented are examples of moiré patterns—optical effects produced when two sets of lines or grids overlap. Much of the psychedelic poster art of a few decades ago took advantage of the effects of moiré patterns and wildly contrasting color schemes. But Eye Magic is more than...


Four Museums : Carlo Scarpa: Museo Canoviano, Possagnos Frank O. Gehry: Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, Rafael Moneo: The Audrey Jones Beck Building, Museum ... Heinz Tesar: Dammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg
Stefan Buzas
3930698684
September 25, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The book presents four of the most important contemporary museums of the world. Easch essay details the unique design concepts of each museum, illustrated with interior and exterior details.


El c¿digo Da Vinci (The Da Vinci Code)
Dan Brown
8495618605
October 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Nº 1 en USA

¿ Qué misterio se oculta tras la sonrisa de Mona Lisa? Durante siglos, la Iglesia ha conseguido mantener oculta la verdad… hasta ahora.

Antes de morir asesinado, Jacques Saunière, el último Gran Maestre de una sociedad secreta que se remonta a la fundación de los Templarios, transmite a su nieta Sofía una misteriosa clave. Saunière y sus predecesores, entre los que se encontraban hombres como Isaac Newton o Leonardo Da Vinci, han conservado durante siglos un conocimiento que puede cambiar completamente la historia de la humanidad. Ahora Sofía, con la ayuda del experto en simbología Robert Langdon, comienza la búsqueda de ese secreto, en una trepidante carrera que les lleva de una clave a otra, descifrando mensajes ocultos...


Dangerous Liaisons : Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications)
Harold Koda, et al
0300107145
April 17, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
During the reigns of Louis XV (1723-74) and Louis XVI (1774-92), fashion and furniture were not simply meant to be beautiful but were also intended to arouse, attract, and seduce.  Published in response to the critically acclaimed and hugely popular exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum in the fall of 2004, Dangerous Liaisons focuses on fashion and its interplay with the paintings, furniture, and decorative arts of eighteenth-century France. Featuring beautiful color photographs of the exhibition’s installation, details of the garments, and supplementary historical material, the book demonstrates how the extravagant clothing of the period reiterated the splendor of Rococo and Neoclassical interiors. 
 



The Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Edition
Dan Brown
0385513755
November 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"Dan Brown has to be one of the best, smartest, and most accomplished writers in the country. THE DA VINCI CODE is many notches above the intelligent thriller; this is pure genius."
-NELSON DeMILLE, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Intrigue and menace mingle in one of the finest mysteries I’ve ever read. An amazing tale with enigma piled on secrets stacked on riddles."
-CLIVE CUSSLER, #1 New York Times bestseller

"Dan Brown is my new must-read.  THE DA VINCI CODE is fascinating and absorbing -- perfect for history buffs, conspiracy nuts, puzzle lovers or anyone who appreciates a great, riveting story.  I loved this book."
-HARLAN COBEN, New York Times bestselling author of Tell No One

"The Da Vinci...


The Art of Walter Anderson
Patricia Pinson
1578066018
Oct 2003
Paperback
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Paul Richard, The Washington Post, October 25, 2003
The makers of great American watercolors-- Homer, Sargent, Marin, Demuth-- are few. Anderson is worthy of inclusion in that company.

Book Description
Walter Anderson created much of his art in obscurity, and only after his death in 1965 did the magnitude of his labors and genius come to light. Today he is regarded as one of America’s foremost watercolorists and muralists Numbering in the thousands, his works include watercolors, oil paintings, drawings, block prints, figurines, pottery, carvings and murals. With more than 175 full-color images, this catalog relates Anderson to other twentieth-century American artists and portrays him both as a major artist and a renaissance man. Coinciding with Anderson’s centennial and a...


Whitney Biennial 2006 : Day for Night (Whitney Biennial)
Chrissie Iles, Philippe Vergne
0874271525
April 1, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
A Whitney Museum of American Art PublicationFeaturing the latest work by emerging and established American artists, Whitney Biennial 2006 accompanies the Whitney Museum of American Art's signature survey. The 73rd in a series of exhibitions inaugurated in 1932, this edition is organized by two internationally renowned curators: Chrissie Iles and Philippe Vergne. More than 100 artists and collaborative teams are included-recognized artists as well as those whose work has never before been seen in a major museum. The Biennial has become a measure of the state of contemporary art in America today; as always, it will garner international attention.

About the Author
Chrissie Iles is curator of film and video at the Whitney. Philippe Vergne is the deputy director and chief...


The Metropolitan Museum of Art Can You Find It Outside : Search and Discover for Young Art Lovers
Jessica Schulte
0810957957
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Gr. 2-4. Like the previous volumes by Judith Cressy in the Can You Find It? series, published in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this book has children look for specific items in a series of paintings. Unlike the previous volumes, in which a simple text on each spread lists things to pick out of the paintings, here rhymed couplets pose questions for children to answer. It would be easy to dismiss a book with rhymes like "Can you find it? Do you see? / A chicken perches by a tree. / Not so far, now look nearby / And see a horse who's staying dry. / Now get ready and get set / To find a wagon getting wet." On the other hand, it's hard to pass up a book with thirteen fine paintings that are accessible to children, beautifully reproduced, and (many of them) not often found in art books for young people. And...


Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol Museum
0810943298
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
If you're a fan, your bookshelf is crying out for Andy Warhol: 365 Takes. And if you're not, this artfully designed volume may very well turn you into one. Read it straight through or dip in anywhere. Either way, you get an illustrated tour of Warhol's friends, lovers, personal history and obsessions (shoes, religion, jewels, mortality), as well as his art. Organized in a vaguely thematic way that blithely ignores chronology, this compact volume serves up a four-decade feast of creativity in bite-size nuggets: a very Warholian approach. Facing pages juxtapose a Warhol image with a well-chosen morsel of text. Drawn from diverse sources, including The Andy Warhol Diaries, the texts illuminate the images with useful tidbits of insider information. Reproductions of Warhol's work reveal his extraordinary range and inventiveness,...


Vincent Van Gogh : The Drawings (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)
Colta Ives
030010720X
October 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* "Drawing is the root of everything," van Gogh wrote to his brother, and, as Ives explains, his drawings, like his justifiably famous letters, were "regular and faithful records of what was on his mind." Commanding in their vigor and acuity, stunning in their directness, van Gogh's drawings are as magnificent in their way as his paintings. It is a boon, therefore, to have nearly 400 line drawings and watercolors gathered in one comprehensive volume. A passionate landscape artist, van Gogh discerned the beauty of even the most modest terrains. You sense grass growing, flowers exhaling fragrance, leaves lifting on a breeze. Then, in winter scenes, he conveys a potent dormancy as bare branches sketch a calligraphy of longing against a brooding sky. His portraits of working people are also evocative, deeply...


Can You Find It, Too : Search and Discover Details in 20 Works of Art: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Judith Cressy
0810950464
September 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5–In Cressy's sequel to Can You Find It? (Abrams, 2002), details of paintings from the Metropolitan Museum's collection are present, but the author has branched out here to include artwork from three other American museums as well as works from seven European collections. This expansion enriches and enlivens the book and the enjoyable task of finding details within each piece. Each spread features a three-quarter-page picture and a list of several things to look for. Cressy notes how studying a piece to find people, animals, and objects inevitably allows children to look at art closely and carefully. This exposure to international masterpieces representing different cultures and histories throughout the centuries is bound to make an impression on children. The paintings are stunning, and...


Bells and Mortars : Catalogue of Italian Bronzes in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogues)
Peta Motture
0810965828
May 1, 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
The collection of Italian bronzes at the Victoria and Albert Museum is extraordinary for its size, variety, and scope. The first book in English devoted to the subject, this fully illustrated volume provides a complete catalogue of a key part of this collection—75 small bells, mortars, and related utensils mainly from the Renaissance period. Bells & Mortars contains details of inscriptions and makers’ marks and substantial technical information, including data based on X-ray examination and metal analysis. Essays set the bronzes into their broader historical, religious, and pharmaceutical contexts, making this catalogue invaluable to scholars and collectors as well as those with an interest in pharmaceutical history.

About the Author
PETA MOTTURE is deputy curator...


The Fine Art of Love
Celeste O. Norfleet
1583146733
Nov 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
Kennedy Evan's job as a museum curator and historian might make her sound dull, but the adventure-seeking, motorcycle-riding, world-traveling triplet is anything but. Back home in Washington, D.C., after her African excursion, Kennedy is awaiting the birth of her sister's child. Unfortunately, the ancient Nubian art exhibit Kennedy has put together for the National Museum of African Art is missing some of its most valuable gold pieces. From the minute he sees the mysterious leather-clad female motorcyclist leaving his vehicle in the dust, FBI agent Juwan Mason is intrigued. When he finds out that this sexy daredevil is none other than Kennedy, his curiosity and attraction grows. But she is on his list of suspects for the theft of the Nubian gold, and he hasn't told her that he works for the FBI. With her lush descriptions...


The Metropolitan Museum of Art Can You Find It Inside : Search and Discover for Young Art Lovers
Jessica Schulte
0810957949
October 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K–Two-line rhymes present clues to help young readers find details in paintings from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each painting, or portion of it, is matched with three couplets. Some flow smoothly, but others are a bit forced. The text accompanying Johannes Vermeer's Woman with a Lute reads, Look around and be astute./Can you find a tuneful lute?/It's so easy–it's a snap!/Look above and find a map./Look way down, now just explore./Find the squares upon the floor. Readers search Andree Ruellan's Market Place with this clue: Can you find him and reveal/a little boy and his pinwheel? The paintings, by well-known artists from a variety of periods, styles, and countries, fill the pages opposite the text. The quality of the artwork varies; several reproductions are very...


Norman Rockwell
Maureen Hart Hennessey
0810963922
Nov 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
This richly illustrated book brings together 14 essays by such luminaries as former Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Hoving and art historian Robert Rosenblum, and finally and firmly anchors Rockwell's reputation in the art-historical world. The catalog of an exhibition at Atlanta's High Museum of Art, the book's 133 color reproductions are marvelously large, clear, and true in color and offer what is probably the best introduction to Rockwell for anyone who takes his illustration seriously--or anyone who doesn't, yet. Indispensable though it may be, however, Pictures for the American People may slightly irritate lifelong Rockwell fans, especially those who grew up with the Saturday Evening Post and fell for Rockwell at a time when his nonpareil illustrations were mocked by the moderns. And experienced Rockwell...


Paintings in the Louvre
Lawrence Gowing
1556700075
July 1, 1994
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Though many cities boast impressive art collections, Paris's Louvre is the art museum, and this 1987 title gathers more than 800 of its most famous items spanning 500 years of European art. LJ's reviewer found Gowing's text slightly prejudiced (LJ 1/88), but the hundreds of illustrations are simply stunning. As its original incarnation sold for $85, even at $50 this is a good buy.Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.


The Louvre
Alexandra Bonfante-Warren
0760734909
August 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this stunning book, Alexandra Bonfante-Warren has chosen representative masterpieces from each of the Louvre's seven departments- Egyptian Antiquities, Oriental Antiquities, Greek and Roman Antiquities, Decorative Arts, Sculpture, Paintings, and Drawings- and made them available to armchair visitors in 300 color plate reproductions. Here are tomb paintings and sarcophagi from the Valley of the Kings, devotional altarpieces expressing the religious fervor of the Middle Ages, and masterpieces by Giotto, Raphael, Leonardo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Delacroix, David, Vermeer, and Ingres. The Louvre also contains photos and historical drawings of the architectural development of the fortress-turned-palace-turned- museum, as well as an engaging account of French history that helped form one of the most spectacular collections in...


Chinese Ceramics : A New Comprehensive Survey from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

0847819736
November 15, 1996
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English, Chinese


Turks
Filiz Cagman
1903973562
Mar 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This magnificent book accompanies a spectacular exhibition devoted to the artistic and cultural riches of the Turkic-speaking peoples. Essays by leading scholars trace Turkic history and cultural development, while works of art ranging from painting and sculpture to textiles, metalwork, and ceramics reflect the artistic influences that the Turks assimilated, from their early nomadic wanderings to the glories produced during the reign of Süleyman the Magnificent. The book takes the reader on a breathtaking journey from the eastern border of modern China to the Balkans in the west.

Illustrated with more than 500 works, Turks is a landmark publication. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the turbulent but vivid history of the Turkic-speaking peoples. AUTHOR BIO: Filiz Çagman is...

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