Calling a book "The Art Museum" and trying to replicate the immersive experience of being in a real museum is an ambitious task. However, Phaidon has expertly crafted one of the most comprehensive collections of stunning art images and vivid photos of the museums they reside in that I have ever seen. The chapters are laid out like a real museum would be, and includes almost any artistic format you could think of all the way up to video stills. Flipping through this book is like being on your own strolling from exhibit to exhibit, making the finest gallaries in the world your own personal playground. Plus, when you are done, it makes a great addition to your coffee table until you are ready to go back for more.
Visit the world's most comprehensive and compelling museum in a book - from pre-historic times to the present, - over 1,600 artworks created with the expertise of 28 art world curators and historians.
"Unprecedented, unique, and vast in scope... a visually spectacular survey of world art. Destined to delight, inspire, and educate, as well as to become an invaluable, classic art-reference resource, it is very highly recommended." --Library Journal
Housing the finest art collection ever assembled, this revised, reformatted edition offers the museum experience without the boundaries of space and time, taking the reader on a tour around the world and through the ages. Its rooms and galleries display some 1,600 artworks, selected from the original collection, including paintings, sculpture, photographs, textiles, installations, performances, videos, prints, ceramics, manuscripts, metalwork, and jewel-work.