Cover image for North Carolina Museum of Art handbook of the collections
North Carolina Museum of Art handbook of the collections
North Carolina Museum of Art.
Publication Information:
[Raleigh, N.C.] : [The Museum], [1998]

Physical Description:
ix, 277 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Format :


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N715.R2 A585 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the state's major cultural repository, this beautiful

Author Notes

Dennis P. Weller is curator of Northern European Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, having worked earlier at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He lives in Raleigh and Washington, D.C.

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Choice Review

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh has emerged as a museum of national importance. This handbook to the collection, published in honor of its 50th anniversary, is beautifully designed with exquisite reproductions of the artworks. The collection "points to high moments of mankind's creative genius," from the beginnings of Western civilization to art of the 20th century. The handbook provides a chronological survey from Egyptian Art to 20th Century art, with an introduction to each time period and descriptive entries for each piece of art. Gifts to the museum include those from Robert F. Phifer, Samuel H. Kress (the dime store magnate), and Mr. and Mrs. Garner Hanes of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The collection is further enhanced by the savvy acquisitions (with state appropriations) negotiated by respected art connoisseurs such as William R. Valentiner, director, 1955-58. Gifts and acquisitions have made the collections of Egyptian and Greek, Italian Renaissance, African, and Judaic art particularly strong. The entries, lucid and full of descriptive detail, are written by the museum's talented education and curatorial staff. Tales told of each work of art will draw all readers--from elementary school students to college students and beyond--into and appreciation of this fine collection. Glossary. Outstanding--a must. All levels. N. M. Lambert; University of South Carolina at Spartanburg