Lifestyle and Culture: Great Museums

Treasures of the Brooklyn Museum

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Highlights from Brooklyn's world-renowned encyclopedic art museum.


The Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Located in New York City’s most populous borough, the museum’s 560,000-square-foot building is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece, housing major collections ranging from ancient Assyrian reliefs to striking period homes and Old Master paintings, along with Native American, African, and Asian art, and works by top contemporary artists. This handsome little book illustrates a curated selection of its masterpieces, including highlights of the museum’s renowned ancient Egyptian collection, its expansive holdings in American art, and its Sackler Center for contemporary feminist art, including Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. The perfect souvenir from the museum’s shop, or for any visitor to the borough, this Tiny Folio features spectacular photography throughout, as well as a special selection of images highlighting Brooklyn’s rich artistic history.

Kevin L. Stayton is Curator Emeritus of the Brooklyn Museum.

Anne Pasternak is the Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum.

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Treasures of the New-York Historical Society

Highlights of New York history and culture from the collection of one of the Big Apple's most treasured museums.

Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society is New York City’s oldest museum, with a rich history of scholarship, research, and illuminating exhibitions. The museum collection of the New-York Historical Society comprises more than 1.6 million works of art, featuring an impressive collection of Tiffany lamps, paintings by celebrated American portraitists, all the known preparatory watercolors for John James Audubon’s Birds of America, and exquisite works by artists of the Hudson River School—including Thomas Cole’s monumental series The Course of Empire.

The Library is internationally known as a major research venue for the study of American and New York history. Its rich collections include more than 5 million manuscript items, 350,000 books, and several million photographs, prints, architectural renderings, and related holdings. The Library’s vast holdings of printed ephemera documenting daily life, culture, commerce, and politics from the eighteenth through the earlier twentieth centuries are unrivaled. The collections provide a continuous record of New York and American history from the founding of New Amsterdam through the tragic events of 9/11. The Library’s deepest areas of original source material include the Colonial and Revolutionary eras, the Early Republic, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age, with emphases on slavery and Abolition, temperance, social welfare, urban life, and architecture.

Now celebrating a groundbreaking renovation and the dedication of its Center for the Study of Women’s History, the Museum and Library present highlights from their remarkable holdings, from the folk art collection of sculptor Elie Nadelman to iconic ephemera from all eras of American history, for the first time as a Tiny Folio. An ideal souvenir for the New-York Historical Society’s visitors, this charming volume also features a special section of works depicting the city itself, alongside full-color photography and short introductory texts.

Louise Mirrer, PhD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the New-York Historical Society.

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Treasures of the Museums of Fine Arts Boston

2nd Edition

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A pocket-sized tour of one of the world's great museums

The collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, encompasses more than 450,000 works of art, from ancient coins, gems, and mummies to work by some of today' s most celebrated contemporary artists. This attractive little volume provides an illustrated springboard into the heart of the MFA.

Included are highlights of the museum's famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, its unrivaled collection of Asian art, spectacular works from all eras of American history, and much more. The perfect memento of the MFA, this best-selling Tiny FolioTM has been updated throughout and features all-new color photography.

Art of the Americas • Art of Europe • Contemporary Art • Prints, Drawings, and Photographs • Arts of Egypt, Nubia, and the Near East • Art of the Classical World • Arts of Asia, Africa, and Oceania • Textile and Fashion Arts • Musical Instruments

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Women Artists: The National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Revised and updated this compact and impressive little survey features art by women from around the world, from the Renaissance to the present, and in all media.

This handsome volume of works from the renowned collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts—the best-known museum in the world dedicated to recognizing the achievements of women artists—is a fascinating record of women's diverse accomplishments from the Renaissance to the first decade of the twenty-first century. Prior to the establishment of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the work of great women artists had been ignored, forgotten, or denied; they had been largely left out of museums and histories of art.

Founded in 1987 by Wilhelmina Cole Holladay in Washington, D.C., the National Museum of Women in the Arts boasts a growing membership that is among the top ten in the world. The museum's multifaceted treasures include paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, and crafts produced over the past five centuries by an international array of women artists.

Included here, in full color, are works by Lavinia Fontana, Judith Leyster, Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun, Hester Bateman, Rosa Bonheur, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Camille Claudel, Berenice Abbott, Maria Montoya Martinez, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Lee Krasner, and many more.

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A Museum of Their Own

National Museum of Women in the Arts

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An inspiring memoir relating how Wilhelmina Cole Holladay succeeded in founding and establishing the best-known museum devoted to women in the arts.

Over the centuries, until quite recently, the work of great women artists had been ignored, forgotten, or denied; they had been largely left out of museums and histories of art. Along came Wilhelmina Cole Holliday, who boldly decided it was time to rectify this oversight by founding a museum in 1987 in a landmark building near the White House. A critic for the Washington Post wrote, “Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, the museum’s founding president, has accomplished something radical. No player in the art scene here has a deeper understanding of power and money and of how our system works. Despite her white-glove graciousness, hard-working Billie Holladay is a warrior and a winner....”

This thrilling story of the birth and early years of the NMWA is a lively, anecdotal, behind-the-scenes, eyewitness glimpse of the efforts of dedicated individuals who shared Mrs. Holladay’s vision and, under her leadership, helped her expand the permanent collection, organize outstanding exhibitions, renovate the Museum, and fund a robust endowment. Moreover, NMWA now boasts a growing membership—among the top ten museums in the world—with active, vocal committees all across the nation and in many countries. Illustrating the text are 130 color pictures, which include works from the collection and from exhibitions, as well as 40 archival photographs of landmark events that led to the Museum’s impressive growth.

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A Key to the Louvre

Memoirs of a Curator

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An art world insider provides a witty and penetrating account of fifty years at the center of international culture.

Art historian, curator, and museum director Michel Laclotte has been at the forefront of French cultural life over the past half century. This informal autobiography sheds light on his brilliant career with warmth and directness. Highlights include twenty years as chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Musée du Louvre, heading the team that created the Musée d'Orsay, and taking the reins of the Louvre to lead the effort that culminated in the museum's transformation into the “Grand Louvre,” one of the world's preeminent cultural attractions.

Raising the curtain on fifty years of Western art scholarship, intrigue, and achievement, Laclotte introduces an extraordinary cast of characters who set France's cultural direction in the postwar period from Charles de Gaulle and André Malraux in the 1950s to François Mitterand in the 1980s and 1990s. His story overlaps with virtually every major scholarly figure in French art history of the last half-century, as well as Laclotte's mentors and colleagues throughout and beyond Europe, from Roberto Longhi and Anthony Blunt to Sir John Pope-Hennessy and Millard Meiss.

An incomparable testament to a period of seismic change in the museum world, this volume will be essential reading for art world afficianados and all students of art and modern culture.

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Treasures of The National Museum of The American Indian

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This little volume provides an impressive overview of the most significant collection of art by Native Americans anywhere in the world.

Established by an act of Congress in 1989, the Smithsonian’s National Musuem of the American Indian (NMAI) is dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and the arts of Native Americans. The museum’s collections span more than 10,000 years and – as this lavishly illustrated miniature volume demonstrates – include a multitlude of fascinating objects, from ancient clay figurines to contemporary Indian paintings, from all over the Americas.

 

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Treasures of the Louvre

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This large-format edition of Abbeville's popular Tiny FolioTM highlights masterpieces as chosen by the director of the world's most famous museum.

Two hundred years ago, the doors of the Louvre opened to the public for the very first time. The palace of the French kings had been transformed into a museum that today stretches over an enormous architectural ensemble right in the heart of Paris.

The royal collections first assembled by Francis I in the sixteenth century were later transferred to the Louvre palace, and this prestigious core was further enriched with artistic treasures during the Revolutionary period. The collections have been growing ever since, and are today divided into seven departments. Oriental Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, and Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities illustrate the art and culture of the ancient Near and Middle East and the Mediterranean countries. The other four so-called "modern" departments--painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and drawing-span Western art from the height of the Middle Ages to the mid-nineteenth century.

With superb reproductions of nearly 400 of the museum's most renowned masterpieces, this glorious volume provides a grand tour of the Louvre's unparalleled collection, and highlights the extraordinary range of artistic traditions that have gradually found their place in this museum.

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Treasures of the Addison Gallery of American Art

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A miniature guide through one of the country's most important collections of American art.

The Addison Gallery of American Art, located at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photography. When its founder, Thomas Cochran, opened the Addison to the public in 1931, it was one of the few museums in this country devoted solely to American art. Cochran initially donated four hundred significant works of art, commissioned a building, and provided generous endowments. Today the holdings total over 12,000 objects that span the history of American art from the seventeenth century to the present.

Among the some 240 notable examples from the collection included in this tiny tour are paintings from the eighteenth century by Gilbert Stuart and John Singleton Copley; from the nineteenth century by Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, and F. Childe Hassam; and from the early twentieth century by John Sloan, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Andrew Wyeth; and contemporary works by Frank Stella, Sol Lewitt, and Brice Marden.

Also featured here are images from such masters of photography as Walker Evans, Eadward Muybridge, Berenice Abbott, and Robert Frank. In addition, there are outstanding works of sculpture from Paul Manship and Elie Nadelman to Alexander Calder and Martin Puryear.

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American Treasures of the Corcoran Gallery of Art

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A tiny tour through one of the country's first and best collections of American art.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington's oldest and largest private art museum, is recognized nationally and internationally for its outstanding collection of American art. Its founder, William Wilson Corcoran, was among the first American collectors to appreciate contemporary art of his country, at a time when most of his peers favored European works. His important collection of mainly American paintings and sculpture formed the nucleus of the art museum he founded in 1869.

Over its 130-year history, the Corcoran's collection of American art has grown dramatically through purchases and generous gifts. Today the Corcoran's holdings total over 14,000 objects dating from the 16th century B.C. to the present, including a world-renowned core collection of 19th-century American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs. The collections of 18th- and 20th-century American painting, sculpture, and works on paper are augmented by a highly regarded collection of modern and contemporary photographs and media arts.

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The Pocket Louvre

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With more than 500 illustrations and numerous gallery floor plans, this invaluable guide is a mini-museum between two covers, offering visitors all they need to make the most of their visit to the world's largest art museum.

Encyclopedic in its scope and exhausting in its magnitude, the Louvre has vast collections ranging from the 6th century B.C. to the mid-19th century. Its impressive architecture goes back 800 years, to its origins as a fortress guarding medieval Paris. In its contemporary incarnation, recently reconfigured and rebaptized "The Grand Louvre," it spreads over four levels and boasts more than 30,000 works of art; its galleries, shops, and offices occupy some 1.6 million square feet, of which some 645,000 are dedicated to exhibitions.

Such daunting dimensions can make the museum feel like an endless labyrinth to uninitiated visitors. For them, The Pocket Louvre is a unique and essential resource, including:

  • A handy user's guide with information about access to the museum and its many services, from cafes to a post office to shops.
  • Suggested itineraries for visits of varying lengths and for visitors with differing interests.
  • A history of the Louvre and its architecture.
  • A history of the collections.-An illustrated catalog of 500 masterpieces, all in color, with useful brief commentaries.
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Treasures of The National Air and Space Museum

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This Tiny FolioTM vividly portrays the history of flight, as illustrated by artifacts from the most popular museum in the world, with more than 8 million visitors annually.

The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., is the world's most popular museum, with more than eight million visitors each year. The museum houses a celebrated collection of airplanes, spacecraft, and other artifacts that document the history of aviation and spaceflight.This book presents 280 artifacts from the museum's collection and archives, chronicling some of the greatest technological and human achievements of the century.Milestones of flight such as the Wright 1903 Flyer, Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, Earhart's Lockheed Vega, Yeager's Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis, and the historic craft that took American astronauts into space and brought them back from the Moon are all here. So, too, are lesser known but nonetheless important workhorses of commercial and military aviation history such as the Douglas DC-3, the North American P-51 Mustang, and the Piper J-3 Cub.

The unusual, the fanciful, the prototypes, and even a few unsuccessful experiments are included in this remarkable journey through the skies and into space.Finally, this book features a special "behind the scenes" look at vintage and modern photographs, posters, paintings, and sculpture from the museum's archives and collection of art and popular culture.This fascinating Tiny FolioTM serves as an illustrated survey of the history of aviation and spaceflight, as well as an introduction to the museum's renowned collection.

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Treasures of The Uffizi

This jewel of a book presents a selection of paintings from Italy's most famous museum, home to a spectacular collection of Renaissance art as well as works by later masters.

Italy's most famous museum, the Uffizi in Florence, houses a spectacular collection of Renaissance art as well as works by later masters. In the 16th century the wealthy and powerful Medici family began amassing fine art and displaying it in the Uffizi, their showplace palace in the heart of Florence. Ruling Tuscany for another two centuries, the family continually enriched its holdings with works by the best European artists of the time, many of them commissioned or acquired from the artists themselves. When the collection was donated to the city of Florence in 1737, it was, in essence, given to the people, and this ensured that the collection would remain intact in its original building.

In this skillful and dazzling selection of paintings from the Galleria degli Uffizi are the greatest works by the early Renaissance artists-Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael-and by the later Italians such as Caravaggio, Tiepolo, and Canaletto. Artists from throughout Europe are also well represented, among them Dürer, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Boucher, and Goya, in this tiny jewel of a book.

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Treasures of the Mussee Picasso

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The full sweep of Pablo Picasso's inexhaustible genius is revealed in this diminutive yet far-ranging tour of his museum housed in the exquisite Hôtel Salé.

As Gérard Régnier, the museum's director, notes in his informative introduction, "The magic of the Musée Picasso also stems from the silent dialogue between the work and the place-one of the most beautiful townhouses in Paris."Perhaps no artist in the entire history of art has proven more compelling than Picasso, and the museum dedicated to his life's work has attracted vast crowds from the moment it opened. This dazzling little volume encompasses every aspect of his own work in all media-painting, sculpture, collages, ceramics, sculptures, and drawings-as well as the work by other artists in his impressive personal collection.

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Treasures of British Art

Tate Gallery

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This richly illustrated little volume surveys British painting, watercolors, and sculpture from the sixteenth century to the present.

With masters such as William Blake, William Hogarth, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and David Hockney, the Tate Gallery offers work to please every taste.

The gallery, which was opened in London in the summer of 1897 by the Prince of Wales, is best known for its modern art collections, but-as this little compendium makes wonderfully clear-it encompasses the full sweep of British art, from ornate aristocratic portraits and vivacious hunting scenes to the Pre-Raphaelites' languid femmes fatales.

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Treasures of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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Tour one of the world's greatest encyclopedic museums

This little volume gathers together the finest treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, one of the oldest museums in America and one of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world.

Founded in 1870, the museum features Classical antiquities of exquisite beauty, rare and beautiful Egyptian works, Asian holdings unrivaled in the West, and an outstanding French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection. With notable examples of contemporary art and photography, and many of the most important works of American decorative arts, including an unsurpassed Revere silver collection, this tiny yet comprehensive book offers a visual feast of world art.

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Treasures of The Prado

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The Prado is internationally renowned for its unsurpassed collection of masterpieces by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, and Peter Paul Rubens.

When it opened on November 19, 1819, the Prado Museum, in Madrid, consisted entirely of works from the Spanish royal collections. Numerous treasures have been added since opening day, but the unique strengths of the Prado's collection can still be traced to that original core of remarkable works-many acquired or commissioned from the artists themselves during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries.

The Prado is internationally renowned for its unsurpassed collection of masterpieces by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, and Peter Paul Rubens. As this richly illustrated little volume makes clear, it also possesses a brilliant collection of paintings and drawings by other artists throughout Europe as well as fascinating decorative arts and notable sculptures.

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Treasures of The National Gallery, London

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The National Gallery has one of the most magnificent — and the most beloved — collections of paintings in the world.

Founded in 1824, the National Gallery houses a rich and comprehensive range of European painting from the Middle Ages to the 1920s. Among the works represented in this colorful and compact survey of the Gallery's collection are masterpieces by Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, and Paul Cézanne, as well as some lesser-known delights.

Located on Trafalgar Square, in the heart of London, the original Wilkins Building has recently been extended by the handsome new Sainsbury Wing, which contains some of the world's greatest paintings.

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