In this book, Sister Wendy chooses some of her favourite pieces of art from six US museums of her choice. These are the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The pictures reproduced here show the breadth of Sister Wendy's appreciation. Her selection is not limited by genre - she looks at some of the greatest classical paintings, by Velasquez, Goya, Rubens, Tiepolo or Renoir, but also at modern and more unusual artefacts and sculptures from all over the world, such as a page from the Koran, or a Chinese tombstone. The magnificent illustrations reproduce many details of the main pieces. In her inimitable style, Sister Wendy writes a very personal response to the art, not necessarily from a religious point of view, but simply from that of a world-renowned art historian.
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Sister Wendy's catholic view of art is as rare as her insightful view of Western religious painting. The work she admires is startlingly diverse, embracing Paul Revere's silver and a bodhisattva from Pakistan, an Issey Miyake metallic polyester dress and a Mayan vase, not to mention paintings by artists as remote in style and vision as John Singer Sargent and Joan Mitchell. Sister Wendy's American Collection is a highly selective tour through six major U.S. museums: the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. To frequent museumgoers, her choices initially can seem charmingly arbitrary--until they begin to inspire the urge to check out those galleries again.
With a page or two allotted to each art work (short essays in large type and 250-odd modestly sized illustrations), this is a friendly book to curl up with, as unpretentious as Sister Wendy herself. Anyone looking for detailed art historical information will be disappointed by her tendency to coast on a thimbleful of facts, yet her gift for plainspoken rapture about art remains intact on the page.
When she singles out from the Met's vast collections an Ottoman sultan's elegant logo with its "small paradise" of painted flowers, when she peers at the tense body of the young cheat in Caravaggio's The Cardsharps at the Kimbell, or ambles along the length of a Sung dynasty landscape painting at the Cleveland museum, that's when Sister Wendy proves the value of close, patient looking as a contemplative act. --Cathy CurtisAbout the Author:
Sister Wendy is famous all over the world for her unique approach to art appreciation. Her many books include Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, Sister Wendy's Nativity & Life of Christ, and Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007101279
Book Description Harpercollins, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007101279
Book Description Harpercollins, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007101279