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Phaidon Classics Collection


Celebrate the work of six masters with these sumptuously illustrated hardback retro volumes, luxuriously produced and elegantly designed. A beautiful addition to any collection.


Editions:

Price: USD$900.00 USD$630.00


This collection includes:

Raphael: A luxurious publication of the works of Raphaello Sanzio, one of the greatest painters of the Italian High Renaissance. Raphael’s extraordinary productivity, despite a brief career that ended with his death at the age of 37, resulted in a large body of work that includes such masterpieces as The School of Athens from the Vatican ‘Raphael Rooms’, portraits, drawings, tapestry cartoons and religious paintings.

Rembrandt: A new introduction by Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Walter Liedtke puts Rembrandt’s works into their modern context and supplements the classic essay by art historian Tancred Borenius. Tipped-on image plates, tinted pages and a beautifully elegant design make this a true collector’s edition.

Van Gogh: This richly sumptuous edition features van Gogh’s most celebrated works – from Starry Night to Sunflowers, from the landscapes and people of Arles to self-portraits, interiors and still lifes – as selected by Ludwig Goldscheider, co-founder of Phaidon Press, for the original 1936 edition.

Botticelli: Sandro Botticelli, one of the greatest painters of the Italian High Renaissance, enjoyed the patronage of the greatest Florentine families. He spent most of his career in the humanist circle of the Medici, for whom he painted such masterpieces as Primavera and Venus and Mars, works that combine a decorative use of line with Classical elements in harmonious and supple compositions.

Renoir: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was one of the founders of Impressionism and a friend of Monet, Pissarro and Sisley. He worked side-by-side with Monet on the banks of the Seine, sharing his concern with light and colour, but landscape painting never displaced his enduring love of figure painting. Delighting in the ample curves of the nudes he painted increasingly frequently in his later years, Renoir was also a master at capturing the spirit of Parisian life.

Vermeer: Johannes Vermeer (1632-75) is one of the most beloved artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Vermeer's tranquil and meticulously painted interiors, of such subjects as women writing or reading love letters, and men and women drinking together or playing musical instruments, are acutely observed and have an enduring appeal. This sumptuously produced volume features full-colour reproductions of all 36 surviving works by the artist, along with numerous details that reveal the exquisite complexity of his paintings.

SPECIFICATIONS FOR EACH VOLUME

Size: 354 x 260 mm (14 x 10 1/4 in)
Pages: 144 pp
Illustrations: 125 illustrations

"It wasn't until we saw these books in person that we were able to appreciate how sumptuous, smartly designed, and just plain sexy they are. Best of all are the illustrations. Each volume has 125 crisp and meticulous reproductions – the Van Gogh colors are ripe to the point of bursting." —Elle Decor Online

"We forget, in our image-laden era, just how recent a phenomenon art books are, with their true-colour reproductions of both old and contemporary works of art. We also forget just how essential they are, not just for the pleasure of the general public, but as a source of inspiration for artists and to encourage new generations of collectors and art historians. One key factor in this progress was the founding of Phaidon Press in 1923... Last year Phaidon embarked on a major project to produce a new series of 'Phaidon Classics'... A major decision has been to update the selection of images and the catalogue notes, but to retain the original essays, adding instead a preface by a contemporary scholar. What you get, therefore, besides a beautiful book, is a fascinating dialogue between quite different styles of address to the art-loving audience. This is an astute move." —Apollo-magazine.com


"It wasn't until we saw these books in person that we were able to appreciate how sumptuous, smartly designed, and just plain sexy they are. Best of all are the illustrations. Each volume has 125 crisp and meticulous reproductions – the Van Gogh colors are ripe to the point of bursting." —Elle Decor Online

"We forget, in our image-laden era, just how recent a phenomenon art books are, with their true-colour reproductions of both old and contemporary works of art. We also forget just how essential they are, not just for the pleasure of the general public, but as a source of inspiration for artists and to encourage new generations of collectors and art historians. One key factor in this progress was the founding of Phaidon Press in 1923... Last year Phaidon embarked on a major project to produce a new series of 'Phaidon Classics'... A major decision has been to update the selection of images and the catalogue notes, but to retain the original essays, adding instead a preface by a contemporary scholar. What you get, therefore, besides a beautiful book, is a fascinating dialogue between quite different styles of address to the art-loving audience. This is an astute move." —Apollo-magazine.com


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