Hall of the Bulls (c.18,000-15,000 BC.), Lacaux Cave, France
Art of the Stone Age, Room 1


From the Egyptians to Ai Weiwei (and everything in between)

A sneak preview of what you'll find inside The Art Museum

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Phaidon has created its own museum, in its own special way. And it's like no other museum in the world. The Art Museum gathers 2,700 of the world's greatest, most important and influential art works - curated by a team of over 100 global art experts - in one place.

The Art Museum is not like any other museum, it is open 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year. Its luxurious 2-ft wide page spreads brim with iconic artworks from big name museums and galleries, as well as those only seen in private collections - some only accessible with a pair of sturdy hiking boots and a map of the most remote parts of the world. There are Cave paintings and Egyptian sarcophagi, friezes and woodblock prints, stained glass and ceramics, masterpieces by Van Gogh and Vermeer, photographs, contemporary paintings, land art and monumental sculptures, and explosive performance art from Cai Guo-Qiang.

With just the flick of a page you can travel through time and space from the caves at Lascaux in 18,000 BC. to in front of William Eggleston's photographs from 1960s Memphis at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.

The Art Museum is not limited to one era, one century or even strictly arranged in chronological order. Instead artworks are laid out in 450 'rooms', within 25 'galleries', organised next to similar works reflected through time and influence. Whole rooms are devoted to the likes of Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci and The Tomb of Tutankhamun.

We'll be bringing you much more about the artwork you can find within this 'museum in a book' over the coming weeks, but for now take a look at the pictures above to whet your appetite. Order it now from the Phaidon Online Store.


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The Art Museum (2011), Phaidon Press