The most complete collection available, the New York Times bestselling book The Louvre: All the Paintings includes all 3,022 paintings from the permanent collection of the world's most popular museum in a practical and elegant paperback format.
The Louvre Museum houses many of the world's most celebrated and important art of all time -- from da Vinci's Mona Lisa to Vermeer's The Lacemaker -- making it also the most visited art museum in the world. The Louvre: All the Paintings allows you to experience every painting currently on display in the permanent collection in Paris, without ever having to step on a plane.
Divided and organized into the four main painting collections of the museum -- the Italian School, the Northern School, the Spanish School, and the French School -- the paintings are then presented chronologically by the artists' date of birth. Four hundred of the most iconic and significant paintings are illuminated with 300-word discussions by art historians Anja Grebe and Vincent Pomarède on the key attributes of the work, what to look for when viewing, the artist's inspirations and techniques, biographical information on the artist, the artist's overall impact on history, and more.
Immerse yourself in the wonder and dazzling display of the Louvre without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home. Learn more about each artist and painting, and tour the realms of sensational masterpieces with this new paperback edition.
About the Author
Anja Grebe teaches art history at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. She has taken part in numerous international research projects and exhibitions and has published extensively on medieval and modern art history. Grebe is also the author of The Vatican: All the Paintings. She lives in Erlangen, Germany.
Erich Lessing was an Austrian photographer who documented the culture and fine arts of Europe and the Near East for more than fifty years. He created the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive, which is an extensive image library featuring over 40,000 high resolution images from over 500 museums and private collections throughout the world. His work has been featured globally and produced around sixty books. In 2013 he donated 60,000 images to the archives of the Austrian National Library. Lessing died in August 2018.
Henri Loyrette is the former chairman of Admical, a French organization dedicated to corporate philanthropy, and the former director of the Louvre Museum. He is also an author with a total of nineteen books on various subject, including Degas, Gustave Eiffel, and Marcel Proust.
"The images are rich and sharp, the descriptions thoughtful and clear.... Altogether, this is a fascinating overview for anyone looking to learn more about the grand old European masters."—USA Today
"Bring the entire museum collection to your bookshelf."—NJ Star-Ledger
"With its stunning content and high-quality reproduction....The Louvre is a choice gift for art lovers."—Library Journal
"This volume belongs on bookshelves. A major contribution to the literature of catalogs of great museum collections."—Bookpage