Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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This volume provides a view of the treasures contained within New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The reader can explore Ancient Egypt through the half-acre Temple of Dendur and a diminutive cat coffin, tour the Greek and Roman galleries and see the famous Euphronios Krater and, in the wing devoted to Africa, Oceania and the Americas view two masks - one carved in ivory from Benin and the other in jade from Olmec. In the European and American painting collections, the highlights include Botticelli's "Annunciation", Rembrandt's "Aristotle with a bust of Homer" and Manet's "Boating". The 20th century is also well represented, with works by Picasso, Matisse, Hopper and many others. Drawings, prints, photographs and other works of the decorative arts - as well as examples of haute couture from the Costume Institute - round out the book, providing an overall picture of this world-famous art museum.

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Intended for the general reader, this volume demonstrates the range of works in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, focusing on the incredible number of masterpieces there. The result is this amazingly wide-ranging compendium representing every civilization in every medium. The volume is divided into the commonly accepted chronological divisions of Western history, then into geographical areas like Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Within each section, excellently reproduced works are complemented by a full description and an assessment of its place in its culture. This sumptuous volume will likely provide hours of enjoyment to anyone even remotely interested in art.
- Martin Chasin, Adult Inst., Bridgeport, Ct.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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