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Thames & Hudson
01 September 2014
Art & Architecture; Theory of art; History of Art & Design Styles
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Martin Gayford, author of the fascinating portrait of Lucien Freud 'Man with Blue Scarf' has returned with the exquisite new book 'Rendezvous with Art'.

Accompanied by the former Metropolitan Museum of Art director Philippe de Montebello, the duo travel the world exploring museums, churches and galleries with the simple goal of 'looking at art'. The excitement, passion and knowledge with which de Montebello discusses certain artworks is nothing short of breathtaking and is proof of his distinguished reputation as the Mel's most loyal director.

A charming read for art lovers! Siân McNabney


This book is about how we experience art, how we look at it, how we think about it. It is structured in the form of a series of conversations in some of the best-known museums in the world, but also outside the museums, where we often look upon art in a completely different way.

The two protagonists are Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for 31 years to 2008, and the art critic Martin Gayford. In the process, both men convey, with subtlety and brilliance, the delights and significance of their subject matter.
By:   Philippe de Montebello, Martin Gayford
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   760g
ISBN:   9780500239247
ISBN 10:   050023924X
Pages:   248
Publication Date:   01 September 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface * Introduction: Yellow Jasper Lips at the Met * 1. Afternoon in Florence * 2. A Flood and a Chimera * 3. Immersed in the Bargello * 4. A Sense of Place * 5. The Case of the Duccio Madonna * 6. In the Met Cafe: A Biographical Interlude * 7. Princely Collections * 8. An Artistic Education Sentimentale * 9. Lost in the Louvre * 10. Crowds and the Power of Art: A Transatlantic Conversation * 11. In the Prado * 12. Hieronymus Bosch and the Hell of Looking at Art with Other People * 13. Titian and Velazquez * 14. Las Meninas * 15. Goya: An Excursion * 16. Rubens, Tiepolo, Goya Again * 17. Rotterdam: Museums and their Discontents * 18. Star-Spotting at the Mauritshuis * 19. Where Do You Put It? * 20. Exploring the Jungles of Paris * 21. Hunting Lions at the British Museum * 22. Lunch in the Great Court * 23. Fragments

Reviews for Rendez-vous with Art

Few books of late have pleased me as much as this one....Not the least value of this volume is the discussion of a matter that never makes it into art writing, neither criticism nor art history: the physical and emotional interaction between the painting on the wall and the human who stands before it, in a state of greater or lesser receptivity.

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