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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 456
  • Illustrations: 600 in full color
  • Languages: Available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian
  • Dimensions: 6 3/4'' x 9 3/4''
  • Format: Paperback
  • Award: Gold Independent Publisher Book Award in the Travel Guidebook category
  • ISBN: 9780300179491



Introduction by Thomas P. Campbell

This completely reconceived and rewritten guide to the Metropolitan's encyclopedic holdingsthe first new edition of the guidebook in nearly thirty yearsprovides the ideal introduction to almost 600 essential masterpieces from one of the world's most popular and beloved museums. It features a compelling and accessible design, beautiful color reproductions, and up-to-date descriptions written by the Museum's own experts. More than a simple souvenir book, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide provides a comprehensive view of art history spanning more than five millennia and the entire globe, beginning with the Ancient World and ending in contemporary times. It includes media as varied as painting, photography, costume, sculpture, decorative arts, musical instruments, arms and armor, works on paper, and many more. Presenting works ranging from the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur to Canova's Perseus with the Head of Medusa to Sargent's Madame X, this is an indispensable volume for lovers of art and art history, and for anyone who has ever dreamed of lingering over the most iconic works in the Metropolitan Museum's unparalleled collection.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Uncluttered by excess information, it delivers its essence with streamlined efficiency."
"Teachers of any grade level could use the guide as an introduction to art of the whole world from the last 6,000 years."
The New York Times

"This beautiful, superbly illustrated tome is a tribute to the notably encyclopedic holdings of one of the most important museums in the world The artworks chosen are the highlights of each collection, accompanied by text and richly colored reproductions. Readers who pore through this guide will be transported inside the corridors of the museum. Those who read from cover to cover will find that the guide orchestrates the experience of a grand tour through each collection, contextualizing particular artworks across regions throughout history gives a glimpse into the striking visual and tactile experience of perusing the Met's collections. Recommended.

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