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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122227799947 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Great Museums of the World: Louvre Paris. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 171 pages. Publisher: Newsweek/ Great Museums of the World; (1967). To tour the Louvre, perhaps the most encyclopedic of museums, is to witness the unfolding of art history from prehistoric times to the twentieth century. And this book, with its 131 great works of art (all newly photographed and all reproduced in full color) opens to the reader the heart of the Louvre. Offered within, in company with the Museum’s directors, a superb guided tour of its great collections of painting and sculpture. In this book is the Louvre itself. Here, together with such renowned symbols as the Mona Lisa and Winged Victory of Samothrace, are scores of masterpieces far less familiar that startle by their freshness as well as their beauty. Each is accompanied by a historical and interpretive commentary. The works included reflect all the splendor and scope of the collections, from the arts of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, with their basic symbols of life and death, to the statues and friezes of Greek and Roman cultures. From the idols and deities of Biblical Asia and the mosaics of Byzantium, to the masterworks of the great Italian, Flemish, German, and Spanish schools. Here are the breathtaking masterpieces, van der Weyden’s “Annunciation”, Hieronymus Bosch’s “Ship of Fools”, Vermeer’s “Lace Maker”, works of Lucas Cranach, El Greco, Rembrandt, and the great Rubens celebration of Marie de’ Medici’s arrival in France. Here too Giorgione’s sublime “Concert”, Titian’s “Entombment of Christ”, Veronese’s sumptuous “Wedding at Cana”. All of this before even touching upon the richness of the Louvre’s incomparable French collection, ranging from the exquisite 12th century painted wooden “Christ Descending from the Cross” and the stupendous Avignon “Pieta”, through the erethral landscapes of Claude Lorrain and Watteua, to the romantics of the 19th century (Delacroix, Gericault, Corot, Courbet). Finally to reach the heights of Impressionism; Manet’s “Olmpia”, Monet’s “Rouen Cathedral”, Renoir’s “Moulin de la Galette, Degas, van Gogh, Cezanne, and so many more. CONDITION: Some shelf wear to the dust jacket, otherwise clean and in Very Good condition. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: “Louvre, Paris” is part (the first in fact) of an extraordinary series of art books presenting, as if on guided tour, the “Great Museums of the World”. Produced by Newsweek, each presents the museum’s most important and memorable works of art; all especially photographed for this series and all reproduced in superb full color on high quality glossy stock, quality bound, by the finest European printing processes. Each volume possesses an introduction by the Museum’s Director, and a lucid text commenting on the historical and artistic significance of the works and their creators, prepared by a distinguished staff of European art historians. The Louvre Museum in Paris, France, is one of the largest, oldest, most important and famous art galleries and museums in the world. The Louvre has a long history of artistic and historic conservation, from the Capetian dynasty (987-1328 A.D.) until today. The building was previously a royal palace, and is famous for holding several of the world's most prestigious works of art, such as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne, Madonna of the Rocks and Alexandros of Antioch's Venus de Milo. Located in the center of the city of Paris, the first royal "Castle of the Louvre" was founded in the centre of Paris by Philip Augustus in 1190, as a fortified royal palace to defend Paris on its west against Viking attacks. In the 14th century, Charles V turned it into a palace of the arts, but Francois I and Henri II tore it down to build a real palace; the foundations of the original fortress tower are now under the Salle des Cariatides (Room of the Caryatids). The existing part of the Châteaux du Louvre was begun in 1535. The architect Pierre Lescot introduced to Paris the new design vocabulary of the Renaissance, which had been developed in the châteaux of the Loire. His new wing for the old castle defined its status, as the first among the royal palaces. During his reign (1589-1610), King Henry IV added the Grande Galerie. More than a quarter of a mile long and one hundred feet wide, this huge addition was built along the bank of the River Seine and at the time was the longest edifice of its kind in the world. Louis XIII (1610-1643) completed the Denon Wing, which had been started by Catherine Medici in 1560. Today it has been renovated, as a part of the Grand Louvre Renovation Programme. The Richelieu Wing was also built by Louis XIII. It was part of the Ministry of Economy of France, which took up most of the north wing of the palace. The Ministry was moved and the wing was renovated and turned into magnificent galleries which were inaugurated in 1993, the 200th anniversary of parts of the building first being opened to the public as a museum on November 8, 1793 during the French Revolution. Napoleon I built the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (Triumph Arch) in 1805 to commemorate his victories and the Jardin du Carrousel. In those times this garden was the entrance to the Palais des Tuileries. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: 172 pages including selected bibliography, index of illustrations, index of names and general index. Magnificent color photographs of 131 great works of art, central to the unparalleled collection housed in the Louvre. A stunning visual treat, and an erudite and informative narration! READER REVIEW: REVIEW: Absolutely stunning, a visual feast for the senses. One of the most gorgeous “coffee table” size/quality books I have ever seen. More than merely pretty pictures however, this is a wonderfully narrated catalog of some of the world’s greatest treasures of art. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish

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