The Museum Companion

The Museum Companion

Understanding Western Art

Paperback - 2003
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Alternative Title: Understanding Western art
Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, c2003.
ISBN: 9780810944459
Branch Call Number: 703
Characteristics: 224 p. : col. ill. ; 20 cm.


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KimmyRose Jan 04, 2017

Maybe fourteen years ago this book would have been useful, insightful, valuable, stashed in my bag, ready to pull out for each new painting, as I slowly and with awe made my way around a museum, but today, it's completely unnecessary, clumsy, and incomplete.

When I go to a museum, my first choice is a tour guide, telling me a story about each painting or sculpture we stop in front of. Second choice, since I definitely need a narrative attached to each piece for it to affect me, I use the almost-always-available free wi-fi at the museum, my ancient iPad, and I google wiki for the story, making any response notes into my commonplace book.


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