RENDEZVOUS WITH ART


RENDEZVOUS WITH ART

PHILIPPE DE MONTEBELLO    Book Number: 84099    Product format: Hardback

The former director of New York's Metropolitan Museum tours the world's major galleries in the company of a leading British art critic who has had the distinction of sitting for Lucian Freud, and their verbatim conversations provide the text of this must-read book for art lovers. After marvelling at the beautiful yellow stone fragment of an Egyptian queen's face at the Met, they move on to Florence, where Philippe remembers the flood of 1966 in which Ghiberti's baptistery doors and Donatello's magnificent Mary Magdalene were at risk of destruction. They pay homage to Giotto, asking the perennial question of whether he was a gothic or Renaissance artist. Martin describes the exquisite sensation of discovery that constantly awaits the art-lover, while Philippe ruminates on the decision he had to take on whether to spend millions acquiring Duccio's Madonna. In the Madrid's Prado months later they view Fra Angelico's Annunciation panel and compare the Victorian ideal of a blond-haired pastel-robed angel with "Michelangelo's muscular shot-putter or Caravaggio's street-urchin". Velázquez, like Renoir, loved the act of painting, Rubens treats the sacred and profane with equal gusto and ebullience, while Tiepolo is underestimated because ceiling art does not travel. In Rotterdam the pair admire the architectural austerity of Sanredam's ecclesiastical interiors, and in Paris they marvel at masterpieces from Cambodia and Uttar Pradesh in the Museum of Asiatic Art. 248pp, 75 colour reproductions.
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