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RENDEZ-VOUS WITH ART. Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford. Thames and Hudson Ltd, London, 2014. Published in the U.S.A. by Thames and Hudson Inc., New York. 248 pp. with 75 ills. (72 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2014-932752 ISBN 9780500239247 In English.
Publisher's description: Beginning with a fragment of yellow jasperall that is left of the face of an Egyptian woman who lived 3,500 years agothis book confronts the elusive questions: how, and why, do we look at art? Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford talked in art galleries or churches or their own homes, and this book is structured around their journeys. But whether they were in the Louvre or the Prado, the Mauritshuis of the Palazzo Pitti, they reveal the pleasures of truly looking. De Montebello shares the sense of excitement recorded by Goethe in his autobiography" akin to the emotion experienced on entering a House of God"but also reflects on why these secular temples might nevertheless be the "worst possible places to look at art." But in the end both men convey, with subtlety and brilliance, the delights and significance of their subject matter and some of the intense creations of human beings throughout our long history.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Painting, Sculpture
Plans: 70,54
Worldwide Number: 161508
Hardcover $35.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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