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Bring the entire museum collection to your bookshelf.

NJ Star-Ledger

With its stunning content and high-quality reproduction (and its accompanying DVD, providing a virtual tour of the galleries), The Louvre: All the Paintings is a choice gift for art lovers.

Library Journal

This volume belongs on bookshelves. A major contribution to the literature of catalogs of great museum collections.

Bookpage

The images are rich and sharp, the descriptions thoughtful and clear... Altogether, this is a fascinating overview for anyone looking to learn more about the grand old European masters.

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Can't get to Paris? Walk through the Louvre's epic collection with your fingertips.

About the Author

Anja Grebe teaches art history at the University of Erlangen- Nuremberg/Germany. She is taking part in numerous international research projects and exhibitions and has published extensively on medieval and modern art history. Grebe is the author of The Louvre: All the Paintings and The Vatican: All the Paintings. She lives in Erlangen, Germany.

Erich Lessing has been documenting the culture and fine arts of Europe and the Near East for more than fifty years. He is arguably today's leading independent photographer of the arts in the Western World. He created the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive which is an extensive image library featuring over 40,000 high resolution images from over 500 museums and private collections throughout the world, including a thorough coverage of such institutions as: The Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Uffizi in Florence, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, the Prado in Madrid, and many more. Having worked as a photographer all over the world for more than six decades, he has published more than 40 books with his art photography. He lives in Vienna and travels regularly to Paris and other art capitals of the world.

Henri Loyrette has been the President and Director of the Musée du Louvre since April 2001. Prior to his appointment at the Louvre, Loyrette served as Director of the Musée d'Orsay from 1994 to 2001, and Curator at the Musée d'Orsay from 1978 to 1999. With a master's degree in history, Loyrette was a scholar at the French Academy in Rome from 1975 to 1977. A member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts since 1997, Loyrette is also a trustee of the Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français and Cité de la Musique.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128869
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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331 of 343 people found the following review helpful By Melody on October 20, 2011
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I bought the book and DVD because my husband and I hadn't been able to visit the Louvre in our recent short trip to Paris. Even though I already had two large art books on the Louvre, I thought that this would be a great way to see the paintings that I had missed. The book itself is excellent; it is the DVD that I have major problems with. The disk claims to be a DVD which means that it should hold a little over 4 GB of data. This theoretical DVD only holds 228 MB of data including the software program which doesn't work very well for viewing the images; a CD holds almost 700 MB of data. The images on the DVD total 194 MB, and half of those 6,753 items are extremely small thumbnails. The largest image is 2,194 KB. I expected to get a DVD with relatively high quality images of the paintings and was extremely disappointed with what I received. Whoever put this DVD and software program together should be ashamed of themselves.
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Duvernois VINE VOICE on November 22, 2011
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Book review:

This is a somewhat odd book attempting to catch every painting in the Louvre's permanent collection. I can picture it for folks who missed paintings on their last visit, or as a completist's book. On the other hand the collection is, by definition, uneven and many of the works are frankly uninteresting to many or most readers. Still, the image quality on the paper is quite good, many of the images are small (divide the 3000+ paintings out over 780ish pages), but I think you get a good experience for the money. At the discounted price on amazon, this is a beautiful coffee table book. Not quite as elegant as Taschen volumes, but reasonably substantial. 4 stars

DVD review:

Just ridiculous! This is something you could imagine being foisted on people who had a CD-ROM drive back in 1996. Custom software, tiny images, and just a 1/20th of the disk used. Although this could have been a great item, high quality digital images of all of the paintings seems like a 2011 natural, that isn't what's here. I'd just ignore the disk, or try it to laugh at the stupidity of it. 0 stars

If you buy for the paper book, you'll be happy. The DVD is completely worthless except perhaps as an example of how poorly new media can be employed.
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134 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Michael Birman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2011
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This book depicting all of the Louvre's paintings was highly anticipated. Here in one imposing volume are some of the most glorious works of art ever created. But my enthusiasm is tempered by several unfortunate failures of execution. The book is sturdy and solid and it comes with a very attractive slipcase. It is, however, quite heavy (15-18 pounds) and slightly unwieldy so that manipulating it can be difficult. The majority of the book's photos are fairly small making details hard to see without using a loup or magnifying glass. One gets the impression that a project of this magnitude requires multiple volumes that are both manageable and contain larger visualizations for easier study.

Because of the relatively diminutive nature of the bulk of the book's illustrations, a DVD with larger pictures would at least offer some compensation. Unfortunately the DVD contains mostly tiny thumbnail-sized photos, many of which failed to open on my Vista laptop. The DVD does not appear to be completely functional (XML code instead of English in a central panel that appears on every page, a red X through thumbnails when attempting to access additional information). Also, the browser-based program will not work with Google's Chrome browser. I had to devise a work around to get the DVD to open properly when I switched to Internet Explorer because the balky program insisted on continuing to open in Chrome. All in all I found this extremely worthy project somewhat compromised by these shortcomings. The book's several hundred featured illustrations (which are larger) offer a tantalizing glimpse of how it might have been improved. They, at least, provide the Louvre's brilliant works of art with the impact they deserve. I wish there had been more of them.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. James Scott on April 14, 2012
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If you want to look at the paintings, you're going to be very disappointed by this book. Despite its many pages, it contains relatively few full page pictures and the digital images on the DVD are all quite small -- hardly any large enough to fill a typical computer's screen.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David C. Boggs on December 23, 2011
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All the pictures in the Louvre!! Wow! What a great idea for a book!! A picture of every painting in that famous museum all in one book!!
Somewhat disappointing. To get all of them in one book, most of them had to be very small, too small to see detail without a magnifying glass.
The price was right and I should know by now you get what you pay for. Bummer!!

If I could have seen it hands on, I would not have bought it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jedrury VINE VOICE on November 27, 2011
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This exquisite book is worthy of repeated study and examination. It is arranged by geographical schools; Italian (Greek and Russian Icons), Northern (Dutch, Flemish, British and German), French and Spanish; then chronologically by artist within each school, each painting conveniently identified by room location and number in the Louvre. Each school is introduced by a scholarly essay and the artists are the subject of short informed essays in addition to their prominent paintings being essayed. Sharp vivid photographic reproductions, as true to real as possible, are in various sizes, the largest size reserved for the artist's more prominent paintings with smaller shots for less prominent paintings. Take the eight pages devoted to Chardin which starts with a chronological grouping of four early paintings spread over two pages, followed by a page spread of his famous 1737 "Child With Spinning Top" with a descriptive essay, followed by two individual pages devoted to single still lifes ("The Attributes of Military Music" and "The Attributes of Civilian Music"), followed by two pages containing twenty five smaller paintings of still lifes and portraits. Fragonard is given six pages, Jacques Louis David and Poussin are given seven pages. Titian is given nine pages. Editorial discretion to which artist is given more space and the sizing of the reproduction is aptly done by the publisher.

Just as the Louvre can not be a museum fully appreciated in one visit, this book can not be consumed in one setting; it requires time, patience and endless study but the book's beauty and fullness can not be debated. The Louvre sells itself. No reviewer's praise is needed for it as a cultural destination or for this book. Either you love it or you don't.
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