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Title:
From Van Eyck to Bruegel : early Netherlandish painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Author:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publication Information:
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xi, 452 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 29 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sept. 22, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780870998706

9780870998713

9780810965287
Format :
Book

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Published in conjunction with the 1999 exhibition of the same name, ten essays and 317 illustrations (157 in color) depict northern Renaissance painting in Belgium and the Netherlands. This lovely book includes such artists as Van Eyck, Campin, Van der Weyden, David, Memling, and Bruegel, and contains commentaries on individual works, an appendix of paintings not covered in the text, artists' biographies, a glossary, a bibliography, and comparative illustrations. Oversize: 9.5x11.25"Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Summary

Published in conjunction with the 1999 exhibition of the same name, ten essays and 317 illustrations (157 in color) depict northern Renaissance painting in Belgium and the Netherlands. This lovely book includes such artists as Van Eyck, Campin, Van der Weyden, David, Memling, and Bruegel, and contains commentaries on individual works, an appendix of paintings not covered in the text, artists' biographies, a glossary, a bibliography, and comparative illustrations. Oversize: 9.5x11.25"Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Summary

From about 1425, artists in the region which is now Belgium and The Netherlands created paintings which were startling in their realism and innovative approach. Published to accompany an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this book celebrates one of the great epochs of western art, from the work of the inventor of oil painting, Jan van Eyck, to that of the highly original genius, Peter Bruegel.


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Library Journal Review

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has brought together all of its Netherlandish painting from 1425 to 1550, usually dispersed among several sites, for a special exhibition. This well-produced volume serves as a catalog for that exhibition and also as a record of the museum's extensive holdings in this area. Introductory essays by museum staff members cover the social organization of the production and sale of this art, the interaction of Italian and Netherlandish art, the acquisition of the Metropolitan's Netherlandish collection, and the development of 20th-century European and American scholarship on Netherlandish art. The catalog is organized thematically, with additional essays covering each theme (religious art, portraiture, workshop practice) and substantial entries describing each painting. A map, bibliographies of artists, and a glossary are also provided. An essential acquisition for specialized and academic collections, this book will also be of use to interested patrons in larger public libraries.‘Kathryn Wekselman, Univ. of Cincinnati Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has brought together all of its Netherlandish painting from 1425 to 1550, usually dispersed among several sites, for a special exhibition. This well-produced volume serves as a catalog for that exhibition and also as a record of the museum's extensive holdings in this area. Introductory essays by museum staff members cover the social organization of the production and sale of this art, the interaction of Italian and Netherlandish art, the acquisition of the Metropolitan's Netherlandish collection, and the development of 20th-century European and American scholarship on Netherlandish art. The catalog is organized thematically, with additional essays covering each theme (religious art, portraiture, workshop practice) and substantial entries describing each painting. A map, bibliographies of artists, and a glossary are also provided. An essential acquisition for specialized and academic collections, this book will also be of use to interested patrons in larger public libraries.‘Kathryn Wekselman, Univ. of Cincinnati Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

This major scholarly catalog of the largest collection of Northern Renaissance (1425 to early 16th century, Belgium and the Netherlands) paintings in the Western Hemisphere assembles for the first time all the paintings of this period owned by the Metropolitan Museum, including those in special separate collections and at the Cloisters. Though primarily a catalog of a special exhibition in 1998-99, it is also a thorough study of the artists and their works. These include such major paintings as Robert Campin's Merode altarpiece, Jan van Eyck's Crucifixion and Last Judgment diptych, and Pieter Brueghel's Harvesters. Other major artists include Rogier van der Weyden, Petrus Christus, Gerard David, Hans Memling, and Hugo van der Goes. Essays discuss portraiture, workshop practice, the art market, 15th- and 16th-century patrons, the history of scholarship in the period, and the development of the Metropolitan collection. The illustrations, mostly in color, include all of the works. The thoroughness of the coverage and the wide variety of subjects discussed make this a major contribution to scholarship. At the same time, the beauty of the illustrations, the detailed explanation of the subjects (for the most part religious), and the setting of works in their time are widely appealing. Glossary. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. T. J. McCormick; emeritus, Wheaton College (MA)


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