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The Wrightsman Galleries for french decorative arts

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Le livre The Wrightsman Galleries for french decorative arts, écrit par KISLUK-GROSHEIDE (D), édité par YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS coute 45,00 €.

Catalogue de la collection Wrightsman appartenant au fond du Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York et présentée dans différentes galeries du musée récemment rénovées : mobilier, pièces de cheminée, peintures, sculptures, dessins, tapisseries, argenterie...

The Metropolitan's holdings of late seventeenth and eighteenth-century French decorative arts, unrivaled outside Europe, are displayed at the Museum in eight magnificent paneled period rooms, three galleries, and the windows of a charming carved-oak shopfront. This suite of spaces is named for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, whose extraordinary generosity supported many of the installations and who also donated many of the furnishings from their own celebrated collection. The period rooms -with wall paneling reinstalled from historic buildings and furnished with fine contemporary pieces- are among the most popular attractions in the Museum.

This volume, the first book on the Wrightsman Galleries since 1979, begins with a historical introduction to the collection and the Galleries. Following are detailed descriptions of the paneled rooms and a selection of the most important and beautiful artworks on view, many of which belonged to the royal and aristocratic families of Europe. In a departure from the earlier guidebook, which was organized by room, these entries are arranged by medium -wood paneling and furniture, chimneypieces and fireplace furnishings, textiles and leather, portraits, gilt bronze, porcelain, silver, and gold boxes. The new organization makes it easy to observe changes in style from the Baroque, through the Rococo, to the Neoclassical period, as well as changes in manners and dining customs during those years. The descriptions of the rooms and furnishings incorporate the results of the latest research and include quotations from contemporary diaries, travel guides, treatises, and correspondence. The lively commentary enhances our perception of the people who moved through the rooms, used the furniture, and took snuff from the precious boxes. Each room and every object is depicted in color photographs taken specially for this book. Many of them show details of the furnishings otherwise inaccessible to Museum visitors. There are also many comparative illustrations in color and in black and white.

The authors, Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide and Jeffrey Munger, are curators in the Metropolitan Museum's Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. They oversaw the recent reinstallation of the Wrightsman Galleries.

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ISBN : 9780300155204

Présentation : Broché

Poids : 1370 g