Rendez-vous with Art

Rendez-vous with Art

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Philippe de Montebello is the longest-serving director in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s history. His retirement in 2008 was described as the end of an era ‘in the cultural life of the city, the state, the nation, and the world’. He is a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts and an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur, and has a worldwide influence on cultural policies, often in an advisory capacity. He is now Fiske Kimball Professor at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and an Honorary Trustee of the Prado Museum. Martin Gayford has been art critic for the Spectator and the Sunday Telegraph and Bloomberg News; currently, he is the London critic for 2italic(Artinfo). He is the author of the acclaimed Man With a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud and A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney, both published by Thames & Hudson. Among his other publications are The Yellow House, on the nine weeks Van Gogh and Gauguin spent together in Arles, and Michelangelo: His Epic Life.

Beginning with a fragment of yellow jasper – more enigmatic even than the Mona Lisa – this book confronts the elusive questions: how, and why, do we look at art? The distinguished authors convey, with subtlety and brilliance, the delights and significance of their subject matter – some of the greatest creations of human beings.

Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for thirty-one years, and art critic Martin Gayford talked in art galleries, churches and museums, and their book is structured around their journeys. Whether they were in the Louvre or the Prado or the Pitti, they reveal the pleasures of truly looking at works of art – as well as some of the pitfalls.

This is neither a work of art history nor of criticism – though it touches on aspects of both. Nor is it a conventional travel book, though the authors met on two continents and in six countries. Always their destination was some outstanding collection or individual work of art, and the resulting discussion started from what they saw. The result is highly unusual and very personal: a book about what it feels like to experience pictures and sculptures.

Product Code 1039458
Authors Philippe De Montebello & Martin Gayford
Publisher Thames & Hudson Ltd
Published Sept 2014
Pages 248
Format Hardback
ISBN 9780500239247
GTIN 9780500239247
Dimensions 15.7 X 23.1 X 3.3 cm
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