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.