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Great museums of Europe : the dream of the universal museum
First edition.
Publication Information:
Milan : Skira ; New York : Rizzoli International, [2002]

Physical Description:
255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
Originally published in Italy in 2002 by Skira Editore.
Vatican museums -- The Hermitage Museum -- Musee du Louvre -- British Museum -- Museumsinsel - the Island of Museums -- Prado Museum -- Rijksmuseum -- Kunsthistorisches Museum.
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AM40 .G74 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Covers the collections of eight emblematic institutions that carry on the original ideal of the museum.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Europe's all-star museum lineup-the Vatican, Hermitage, Louvre, British Museum, Prado, Rijksmuseum, Kunsthistorisches, and Berlin's Museumsinsel-is paraded in this opulent production, which was first issued last year in Italian. Four scholars slice and dice the institutions into formulaic recipes of history, patronage, national identity and pride, architecture and space (including lucid exterior drawings and floor plans), prized collections, and major artists represented. Like an awed visitor on the run, the text careens from museum to museum, room to room, and masterpiece to masterpiece. The undercurrent of an all-inclusive "universal museum" is hinted at but not fully developed. The reproductions, photographs, and layout are mainly excellent, although a few masterpieces suffer from dated or poorly contrasted reproductions. Part history and part travel guide, this absorbing book seems geared to armchair museum lovers. In terms of succinct information and as an introduction to these vital cultural centers, however, it is equally suited for public libraries and undergraduate collections.-Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This handsome volume reviews the history of the buildings and the collections of eight major European museums: the Vatican; the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Louvre; the British Museum; the Museuminsel in Berlin; the Prado in Spain; the Rijksmuseum of the Netherlands; and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Excellent color photographs of the exterior and interiors of each building alternate with reproductions of major examples of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the museum under discussion. This is not a volume for the scholar or serious student: the surveys of the museums are necessarily limited; there are no footnotes and only a thin bibliography; the qualifications of the authors are not given; and the translation is marred by many typographical errors, awkward phrasings, and factual errors. However, it does give a sense of the fascinating history, complexity, and extraordinary quality of these eight great institutions and can serve as a good introduction to them. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. F. W. Robinson Cornell University