The Art Museum

This imaginary museum created and curated by Phaidon houses the finest art collection ever assembled


Price: USD$125.00


About the book
The Art Museum is the finest art collection ever assembled between two covers. This revolutionary and unprecedented virtual art museum in a book, features 992 oversized pages of nearly 2,700 works of art. It is the most comprehensive and visually spectacular history of world art ever published. Ten years in the making, this unique book was created with a global team of specialists in all fields of art, including museum curators and educators, who have collected together important works as they might be displayed in the ideal museum for the art lover.

Unrestricted by the constraints of physical space, this luxurious book is organized by innovative color-coded "galleries," "rooms," "corridors" and "special exhibitions" which display hundreds of paintings, sculptures, frescos, photographs, tapestries, friezes, installations, performances, videos, woodblock prints, folding screens, ceramics and manuscripts that tell the history of world art. This is the only museum to house Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, a collection of Rembrandt’s finest self portraits, Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Picasso’s Guernica, as well as ceramics from China, Hokusai’s woodblock prints, gold artefacts from Peru, and works by Jackson Pollock in one place.

With intelligent in-depth text throughout, explanatory labels for each artwork, a comprehensive glossary and detailed location maps, The Art Museum, is accessible for everyone from casual art fans to experts in the field.

In The Press

"Why buy a mere art book when you could have a museum of your own?... The Art Museum is a colossal tome that, ranging across continents, periods and artistic approaches, sets out to compile the perfect collection. Here, for the man who has everything, is the Mona Lisa, and plenty more as well, from Byzantine mosaics through Benin bronzes to the abstractions of Brice Marden."—The Times

"Impressive... Should be in public libraries and schools as well as on coffee tables. In an age when so much information about art is gleaned electronically, this massive tome, with its beautiful reproductions, is a bold assertion of the importance of the printed page."—Art Quarterly

"What is a great work of art? The question asks itself when you leaf through The Art Museum, a colossal new book that gathers together an ideal collection of superlative sculptures, paintings, vases, embroideries and installations."—The Guardian

"Unprecedented, unique, and vast in scope, this visually spectacular survey of world art belongs in large public, academic, and special libraries. Destined to delight, inspire, and educate, as well as become an invaluable, classic, art reference resource, it is very highly recommended."—Library

"...A clearly laid out and lavishly illustrated compendium of the best of world culture."—The Times

"The world's greatest works of art in one volume... A monumental museum without walls."—The Daily Telegraph

"Coolly neoclassical in design... You can take guided tours with experts whispering in your ear as you consult the captions. Exhaustive."—The Observer

"This tome is chock-full of things you don't often see reproduced on this scale."—The New York Times

"The 2,500 works that really matter in 1,000 stunning pages."—Reader's Digest

"This extensive compendium is easy to digest."—The Washington Post

About the author(s)
Conceived and edited by Phaidon editors, with a consulting global team of specialists in all fields of art.

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