Rendez-vous with Art
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.
|Authors||Philippe De Montebello & Martin Gayford|
|Publisher||Thames & Hudson Ltd|
|Dimensions||15.7 X 23.1 X 3.3 cm|
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