The Prado Masterpieces
'The Prado Masterpieces is an incredible book, marrying visual splendor with academic insight.. a monumental book for a monumental museum.' - New York Journal of Books
The Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It is one of the most visited sites in the world and is considered one the greatest museums of art in the world. Thanks to this magnificent book you can now visit the Prado without the expense of a ticket to Madrid and enjoy the collection in the comfort of your own home.
This book is the first of its kind to be published by the Prado Museum, covering the collection from Ancient Sculpture to the 19th century. Masterpieces features artists both famous and obscure, including Fra Angelico, Mantegna, Botticelli, Memling, Bosch, Bruegel, Dürer, Titian, El Greco, Caravaggio, Ribera, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Zurbarán, Van Dyck, Murillo, and Goya. Each photographic reproduction of a painting or sculpture is large, high quality and visually crisp. The scale is large enough for examination of individual brush-strokes.
The book is arranged chronologically by the date of the artworks featured, creating a rich dialogue between artists from different schools working in the same period. There are sections looking in depth at specific painters (Velazquez, Titian, Greco and Bosch), and at the themes of still life, portraits and religious paintings. Accompanying the gorgeous reproductions is a well-researched text. The book is easily understood and avoids jargon-laden art history excesses.
This is a book to read, to look at, and to savour. One of the Guardian's best art books of 2016.
- Author: Museo Nacional del Prado
- Hardcover: 494 pages
- Date published: April 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0500970744
- Product Dimensions: 33.3 x 29.2 x 4.6 cm
'a murder-weapon-sized book that is, in one word, stunning' - Examiner.com
'This magnificent volume presents stunning artwork from one of the world’s most famous museums. Color images of paintings, photographs, and sculptures adorn these pages. With foremost works like these, it is no wonder that the Prado is renowned around the globe' - Library Journal