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Book of Miracles Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-3836542852 ISBN-10: 3836542854 Edition: Box Har/Pa

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  • Hardcover: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Box Har/Pa edition (January 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836542854
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836542852
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 13.5 x 2.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Till-Holger Borchert studied art history, musicology and German Literature at the universities of Bonn and Bloomington (IN). An acknowledged expert in Early Netherlandish paintings, he has been chief curator at the Groeningemuseum in Bruges since 2002. He has also curated numerous exhibitions in the sphere of art and cultural history, including in Brussels, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Madrid and New York. Borchert teaches art history at the universities of Aachen and Memphis (TN) and heads the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands.

Joshua P. Waterman studied art history and literature at Princeton University, where he received a Ph.D. for his dissertation on the correlation between literature and painting of the Silesian Baroque period of Silesia. The proven expert for German Renaissance art works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and was an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Joshua P. Waterman has collaborated on several international exhibitions, including in New York, Philadelphia, Cologne and Bruges.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stage Door on March 7, 2014
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The original images themselves are beautiful, strange, enigmatic, evocative, brilliant. Everything that one might expect. My disappointment lies in the quality of the reproductions: One would think that, in this day and age of digital media, where one can so easily make and print high resolution scans or digital photos, that there is no reason for anything less than the most sharp and detailed reproductions, with true, full, rich colors and a palatable sense of depth and tone. Especially at this price. But, unfortunately, the images as reproduced here in this book are somewhat hazy and blurry. They are not horrific, just nowhere near as good as they could or should be. And that is a huge disappointment.

The question is, why? Obviously, a lot of effort was made to produce a beautiful book package, with the clamshell box, the Florentine paper endpapers, the paperback catalogue included, etc. The original 16th century handbook was a rare and important find, and it has been reproduced here as the special art publishing event that it deserves to be - in all but one very important aspect: The actual reproduction of the images. It kind of boggles the mind that Taschen would go to all this trouble, and then bungle the "main event". We should be able to look at these images and feel as though we are looking at the originals, but that is hardly the case. Instead I feel as though I am looking at a color Xerox copy circa 1983. (And don't be fooled by the images online, which, for the most part, look amazingly sharp and rich and quite promising. But those images have been shrunk way down, and when one sees the full size images in the book . . .well, it is just rather sad).

The beguiling beauty of the images makes the book worthwhile; I won't be sending it back.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Walter Dunphy on February 21, 2014
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This is not a book to "read" - it is a trip into a world that we have lost. Whatever be your religion (or perhaps none) this is a glimpse into the way people of a not-so-distant past saw their world. We can only wonder at (and maybe regret the loss of) their sense of wonderment at the mystery of life.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Anderson on February 28, 2014
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The book is what I expected. thank you very much for the book. Lots of information in the book and the appendix
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