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The Art Museum is the finest art collection ever assembled between two covers.

This revolutionary and unprecedented virtual art museum in a book, features 1,000 oversized pages of over 2,700 works of art. It is the most comprehensive and visually spectacular history of world art ever published.

Ten years in the making, this unique book was created with a global team of specialists in all fields of art, including museum curators and educators, who have collected together important works as they might be displayed in the ideal museum for the art lover.

Unrestricted by the constraints of physical space, this luxurious book is organized by innovative color-coded "galleries," "rooms, "corridors" and "special exhibitions" which display hundreds of paintings, sculptures, frescos, photographs, tapestries, friezes, installations, performances, videos, woodblock prints, folding screens, ceramics and manuscripts that tell the history of world art.

This is the only museum to house Leonardo's Mona Lisa, a collection of Rembrandt's finest self portraits, Velazquez's Las Meninas and Picasso's Guernica, as well as ceramics from China, Hokusai's woodblock prints, gold artefacts from Peru, and works by Jackson Pollock in one place.

With intelligent in-depth text throughout, explanatory labels for each artwork, a comprehensive glossary and detailed location maps, The Art Museum, is accessible for everyone from casual art fans to experts in the field.

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Conceived and edited by Phaidon editors, with a consulting global team of specialists in all fields of art.


Great book


It's a must have item for family with kids or just casual reading. You can browse almost all of the collections of world art in your house. It's a great learning experience to me and my kids.



Comprrehensive art collection


This is very comprehensive art history in one book. Doesn't go into huge detail because of the historically wide selection of art. I read this reference book for pleasure. Great selection. Very heavy!

Orange NSW


The Art Museum

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'Less a book than a virtual building . Coolly neoclassical in design ... you can take guided tours with experts whispering in your ear as you consult the captions ... an exhaustive history of art' - The Observer 'Terrific' - Sunday Times Culture 'You might even find everything you need in The Art Museum' - The Sunday Times (Books for Christmas) 'This monumental tome astounds and amuses for sheer ambition, chutzpah and range' - The Financial Times (Books of the Year) 'An imaginary museum in which are displayed, spread by spread, 3000 of the finest works of art in the world' - The Independent (Best Boks for Christmas) 'A monumental museum without walls' - Daily Telegraph 'Clearly laid out and lavishly illustrated compendium of the best of world culture' - The Times (Art Books for Christmas) 'A comprehensive and scholarly introduction to world art from pre-history to present' - Royal Academy of Art Magazine 'impressive - should be in public libraries and schools as well as on coffee tables. In an age when so much information about art is gleaned electronically, this massive tome, with its beautiful reproductions, is a bold assertion of the importance of the printed page.' Art Quarterly 'If the world's best curators could create a collection containing every notable work for all time its catalog would resemble The Art Museum.' Conde Nast Traveller 'Unprecedented, unique, and vast in scope, this visually spectacular survey of world art belongs in large public, academic, and special libraries. Destined to delight, inspire, and educate, as well as become an invaluable, classic, art reference resource, it is very highly recommended.' Library Journal.com 'The 2,500 works that really matter in 1,000 stunning pages.'Readers Digest

ISBN: 9780714856520
ISBN-10: 0714856525
Audience: General
For Ages: 13+ years old
For Grades: 8 - 12
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 992
Published: 13th October 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 43.0 x 33.2  x 6.0
Weight (kg): 8.0
Edition Number: 1