The paintings owned by the Society of Antiquaries of London are important for the quality of some of the individual paintings and for the collection as a whole. Before England's National Portrait Gallery was founded, the Society pioneered the study of royal portraiture, seeking to establish the true likenesses of the Tudor and Plantagent monarchs and some of their continental counterparts. In the words of Sir Roy Strong, the Society's early portraits are 'of the utmost national importance ... next to the Royal Collection, the most important series of early sixteenth-century royal portraits to survive as a group'. They are joined in this scholarly catalogue raisonee by works that have been exhibited in Europe's major museums: among them are Hans Eworth's portrait of Mary I, Simone dei Crocifissi's Dream of the Virgin, an outstanding example of fourteenth-century Bolognese Gothic art now on long-term loan to the National Gallery, and portraits of Daniel and Rebecca Minet by Thomas Gainsborough. This fully illustrated catalogue, wedded to meticulous scholarship and the results of the latest scientific dating techniques, ensures that the art historical world now has access to art that will be studied and discussed for many years to come.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds one of the most significant and best-known collections of European paintings in the world. The second of Scala's Walking Guide series with the Metropolitan, this handy, fully illustrated book provides an accessible walking tour of the newly expanded galleries of Old Masters and 19th-century European paintings at the Museum, reopening to the public in their entirety in May 2013. Visits to the Old Master galleries include northern European painting from Van Eyck to Reynolds; Italian Renaissance, from Giotto to Titian; Italian Baroque, from Caravaggio to Tiepolo; and French and Spanish painting from Poussin to Goya. Nineteenth-century visits include northern European painting from Ingres to Turner and two itineraries featuring impressionism and its precursors through post-impressionism, from Courbet, Manet, and Degas to Monet to Picasso. Each tour is presented via maps (with room numbers), cogent descriptions, and helpful landmarks to orient the visitor through the galleries of one of the most celebrated and popular areas of the Metropolitan. AUTHOR: Keith Christiansen is John Pope-Hennessy Chairman, and Katharine Baetjer is Curator, in the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. SELLING POINTS: Features iconic masterpieces such as Rembrandt's Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, Veronese's Venus and Mars, El Greco's View of Toledo, Vermeer's Young Woman with a Water Jug, Cezanne's Card Players, Degas's Dance Class, Van Gogh's Wheat Field with Cypresses, and Monet's Bridge over a Pond of Waterlilies, among many others Only guide available of the expanded galleries of European paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art 100 colour illustrations
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