Auteur: Howard Hibbard
With 608 full-color and 442 black and white illustrations
Howard Hibbard The Metropolitan NMuseum of Art in New York is one of the world's great rivaling the British Museum in London and the Louvre in Paris. This magnificent book offers a general look at all the collections in the eighteen separate departments, a history of the museum itself since its inception, and a concise history of world art. Its value as a reference work will he as great as the appeal of its profuse and sumptuous illustrations, some six hundred of which are in full color. It is undoubtedly the best and most comprehensive book written on the subject.
Founded in 188o, the Metropolitan Museum has steadily built up rich collections in a prodigious number of fields, with the periodic help of important gifts such as those of the H.O. Havemeyer and LP. Morgan collections. Approximately half of the museum is devoted to its collections of western paintings, drawings, sculpture, and applied arts from approximately 1350 to the present day. Outstanding among these collections are the Renaissance works and the French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. American art, twentieth-century art, musical instruments, arms and armor, and costumes are also strongly represented here. In addition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art possesses one of the world's most complete collections of ancient Egyptian art, important collections of early Mesopotamian art, Greek and Roman art from all periods, Early Christian and Byzantine art, Islamic art, including textiles, manuscripts and ceramics, and oriental art from China, India, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Also found in the Cloisters, a separate division of the museum, are representations of medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic art.
This book provides the reader with a glorious celebration of the Metropolitan's riches. Well written and authoritative, The Metropolitan Museum of Art describes and illustrates the full range of the museum's masterpieces and curiosities — from Buddhas to musical instruments, from costumes to madonnas.