The Louvre: All the Paintings

The Louvre: All the Paintings

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Introduction by Vincent Pomarede, Photographs by Erich Lessing, Notes by Anje Grebe

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  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 784 pages
  • Dimensions: 307mm x 381mm x 99mm | 4,400g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1579128866
  • ISBN 13: 9781579128869
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 28,117

Product description

An historic publishing event! Endorsed by the Louvre and for the very first time ever, every painting from the world's most popular and renowned museum is available in one stunning book. All 2,954 paintings on display in the permanent painting collection of the Louvre are presented in full colour in this striking slip-cased book. Comes with a, supportive DVD-ROM. This book is organized and divided into the four main painting collections of the Louvre: the Italian School, the Northern School, the Spanish School, and the French School. Artists and paintings are featured chronologically by the artist's date of birth. Four hundred of the most iconic and significant paintings are highlighted with 300-word discussions by art historians Anja Grebe and Vincent Pomarede on the key attributes of the work, what to look for when viewing the painting, the artist's inspirations and techniques, biographical information on the artist, the artist's impact on art history, and more. All 2,954 paintings are fully annotated with the name of the painting and artist, the date of the work, the birth and death dates of the artist, the medium that was used, the size of the painting, the Louvre catalogue number, and the room in the Louvre in which the painting is found. The design of the work enables the reader to carefully examine and enjoy the 400 featured paintings and browse through the remainder of the entire collection of 2,954 paintings, which appear six, nine, or twelve to a page. The DVD-ROM is easily browsable by artist, date, school, art historical genre, or by location in the Louvre. This last feature allows readers to tour the Louvre and its contents, room-by-room, as if they were actually walking through the building.

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Vincent Pomarede is the Chief Curator of the Painting Collection at the Louvre Museum. Erich Lessing has been documenting the culture and fine arts of Europe and the Near East for more than fifty years. He is arguably today's leading independent photographer of the arts of the Western world. He created the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive which is an extensive image library featuring over 40,000 high resolution images from over 500 museums and private collections throughout the world, including a thorough coverage of such institutions as: the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay in Paris, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Uffizi in Florence, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, the Prado in Madrid, and many more. Having worked as a photographer all over the world for more than six decades, he has published more than 40 books with his art photography. Anja Grebe teaches Art History at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg/Germany. She is taking part in numerous international research projects and exhibitions and has published extensively on medieval and modern Art History. Her most recent publications include a history of book illumination and a biography of Albrecht Durer.

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Can't get to Paris? Walk through the Louvre's epic collection with your fingertips.