National Gallery/Washington: Great Museums of the World Carlo Ragghianti

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Published: 1968

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National Gallery/Washington: Great Museums of the World  by  Carlo Ragghianti

National Gallery/Washington: Great Museums of the World by Carlo Ragghianti
1968 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 171 pages | ISBN: | 4.62 Mb

In 113 superb color photographs, the National Gallery displays the magnificent heritage of master paintings given to the nation by its great collectors.The National Gallery, youngest of the worlds great museums, is the possessor of incomparableMoreIn 113 superb color photographs, the National Gallery displays the magnificent heritage of master paintings given to the nation by its great collectors.The National Gallery, youngest of the worlds great museums, is the possessor of incomparable treasures. From its nucleus, the twenty-one stupendous masterworks once owned by Catherine the Great of Russia (acquired through intermediaries from the Hermitage by Andrew Mellon) it has grown to encompass the centuries from the 13th to the present--by its very splendor attracting even greater gifts, including the Widener and Kress collections and the glories of French Impressionism presented by Chester Dale.Now within these pages the reader, like the visitor entering the Gallerys classical porticoes and great rotunda, will find himself on a guided tour of the collections--arranged as in the museum itself to illumine the evolution of Western painting from Cimabue to Picasso.Here he will find the whole range, from the great Hermitage treasures--the jewellike 15th-century Annunciation of Jan van Eyck, the Perugino Crucifixion with its noble landscape, that most smptuous Titian Venus with a Mirror--to the quieter pleasures of 18th-century English landscape painting, and the haunting beauty of the portrait of Ginevra de Benci (precursor to the Mona Lisa), the only Leonardo in the Western hemisphere.Included are the germinal masterpieces of Flanders, Germany, Holland and Spain--portraits by Cranach, Duer, Holbein- the splendid artifice of Rubens and Van Dyck- the supremely human art of Rembrandt, and those luminous miracles, the interiors of Vermeer.After these marvels, a panorama of French painting to be seen in few museums outside of France--here is the Classicism of Poussin and Claude, the naturalism of Le Nain and Chardin, the marvelous Watteau Italian Comedians, with its Rococo composition and pervasive melancholy.

And on to Ingres, Delacroix, Courbet- to Renoir--all light, color and air- to Manet, whose revolutionary Gare Saint-Lazare is shown in a beautiful double-spread- to Degas, Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, Gauguin...***National Gallery/Washington is the fourth volume in an extraordinary new series of art books presenting, as on a guided tour, the Great Museums of the World.

Each will present the museums most important and memorable works of art--all especially photographed for this series and all reproduced in superb full color by the finest European printing processes. Each volume will have an introduction by the Museums Director, and a lucid text commenting on the historical and artistic significance of the works and their creators, prepared by a distinguished staff of European art historians.

All are being translated for American connoisseurs and students under the aegis of Thomas B. Hess, Editor of Art News.Other titles in the series:Louvre/ParisBritish Museum/LondonVatican Museums/RomePrado/Madrid



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