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    A Victim of Anonymity: Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece (WALTER NEURATH MEMORIAL LECTURES) (Hardback) By (author) Neil MacGregor

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    DescriptionAre there miscarriages of justice in art history? Neil MacGregor believes there are. However great an artist, if his name is lost he will not receive a fair verdict from posterity. No exhibition will be devoted to his work; no books will be written about him; he will not even figure in indexes. Among these neglected geniuses is the 15th-century painter known only as the Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece. He may have been Netherlandish or German; he may or may not have been a monk. On stylistic grounds an oeuvre of half a dozen paintings, three of them large altarpieces, are attributed to him, and from them a vivid, if hypothetical, personality can be built up: emotional, compassionate, observant, original, humorous. All that is certain is that he was a great painter whose name, if known, would rank with Botticelli or Holbein. In this study, MacGregor corrects the judgement of history by demonstrating the power of this unacknowledged master. He makes us look closely at works that are all too easily passed over, showing us an exceptional artist whose paintings derive their fame from nothing but their own superlative merits.


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    Title
    A Victim of Anonymity
    Subtitle
    Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Neil MacGregor
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 48
    Width: 149 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780500550267
    ISBN 10: 0500550263
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: AGR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DN
    BIC subject category V2: AGB, AFC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    BISAC V2.8: ART015000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15840
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Libri: I-AT
    BISAC V2.8: ART000000
    BIC subject category V2: ACN
    B&T Approval Code: A02304020
    BIC subject category V2: 1DN
    DC22: 759.3
    LC classification: ND588.M25 M33 1994
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: ND588.M25M
    DC20: 759.03
    Thema V1.0: AGB, AGA, AFC, AGR
    Illustrations note
    34 illustrations
    Publisher
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Imprint name
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Publication date
    01 April 1994
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Back cover copy
    Are there miscarriages of justice in art history? Neil MacGregor believes there are. However great an artist, if his name is lost he will not receive a fair verdict from posterity. No exhibition will be devoted to his work; no books will be written about him; he will not even figure in indexes. Among these neglected geniuses is the 15th-century painter known only as the Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece. He may have been Netherlandish or German; he may or may not have been a monk. On stylistic grounds an oeuvre of half a dozen paintings, three of them large altarpieces, are attributed to him, and from them a vivid, if hypothetical, personality can be built up: emotional, compassionate, observant, original, humorous. All that is certain is that he was a great painter whose name, if known, would rank with Botticelli or Holbein. In A Victim of Anonymity, the Director of the National Gallery, London, corrects the judgment of history by demonstrating the power of this unacknowledged master. MacGregor makes us look closely at works that are all too easily passed over, showing us a peerless artist whose paintings derive their fame from nothing but their own superlative merits.