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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Rizzoli (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838066
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Barnes Foundation: Masterworks is the definitive guide to the Foundation, affordably priced to help make it accessible to the public. The cover pictures three objects—a Matisse painting, an African sculpture, and a key—suggesting the idiosyncratic nature of the collection, applied to a cloth cover that has the tactile quality of the galleries’ cloth-covered walls.” ~Pentagram

“If you can’t get to the Barnes Foundation in downtown Philadelphia to see all these wonderful works up close and personal, then the selected pieces profiled in The Barnes Foundation: Masterworks will be more than adequate to whet your appetite and keep you sated until you can…” ~Fashion Maniac

About the Author

Judith F. Dolkart is chief curator of the Barnes Foundation. She is the author of James Tissot: The Life of Christ (2009). Martha Lucy is associate curator of the Barnes Foundation.

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A must see for every art enthusiast!
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Museum guide very helpful BEFORE visiting Phila.
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The Barnes rivals any of the NY museums!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As an artist who has MANY artbooks, I really like this one. The images are large enough to really see the paintings well. Showing how the paintings were displayed in the original Barnes home/museum was very well done. Very often, art books may have fine images, but the text leaves something to be desired. This one, however, was excellent in that regard and I highly recommend this book because of these two things both coming together so well - good images, and informative, well-written accompanying text.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Gasper on August 1, 2012
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An inclusive look at the Barnes Foundation's art work in their new museum. The book fufills the wishes of everyone who wanted a gallery guide after visiting the Barnes in Merion,Pa.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William D. Hooper on May 27, 2013
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This is a great book to read prior to your first tour of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. It introduces Dr. Barnes as entrepreneur, art collector and educator; and provides an excellent overview of his collection, key wall ensembles in the galleries, and of individual paintings. It also highlights selected African sculptures, and pieces of functional and decorative metalwork. This book is used by Barnes art and aesthetics students as a key resource, and makes a wonderful gift. There is one caveat: it does not include all collection items, nor picture all gallery walls. However, it does address all the major artworks.

To plan your visit, I suggest you use this book in conjunction with the Barnes audio tour available on the foundation's website, and also obtain a map and visitor guide with floor plan in advance.

Finally, on your visit take time to savor the gardens, walkways and architecture of the building. They were all designed with great purpose and relate to the art collection. For more insights, see the book The Architecture of the Barnes Foundation: Gallery in a Garden, Garden in a Gallery by the architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien .

Enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dragonfly on January 10, 2013
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I first visited the Barnes Foundation in the late 1980's and always hoped for a published catalog of the works of art. The content of the book is excellent but the book cover is ill conceived and poorly constructed. The primary binding both front and back was completely broken when removed from its shrink wrapped covering. Mr. Barnes would not have been pleased.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chaliejean on October 25, 2013
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If you are from a slow paced rural area like me or from the metropolis you will be shocked by the best thing in Philadelphia, and there are many great things in Philly. Nothing beats a visit to the Barnes. I love the Barnes, but was so overwhelmed I needed to view the art work at a slow pace. This book was perfect. Get it prior to your visit to the Barnes for best use, but if you have already visited this is a great review and very helpful in getting a grip on what you have seen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Orlando Jared on October 9, 2013
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This book is the next best thing to going to the Barnes Foundation. I highly recommend going to the museum, but if you can't make a trip to Philadelphia, this book gives a great "sense" of what it is like there. This is the "official" book. I'd recommend buying it on Amazon rather than trucking it home in your luggage.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Norville on June 23, 2013
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Museum guide very helpful BEFORE visiting Phila. PA newly-opened museum of many 100s of never-seen masterpieces.
Book help you plan your visit & tour of the ~2 doz. rooms, so can maximize use of limited time, 2 ~ 3 hours allowed, in afternoons.
Can study details of paintings so know what to appreciate when seeing them.
Can buy from Amazon for same or les$ at Museum Shop & so have before visit.
Also Google search Barnes Museum for virtual tour & interesting info before visit.
We enjoyed this large detail book, and our visit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morton on June 17, 2014
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Only one previous book showed the major works of the Barnes Foundation in color because according to Dr. Barnes's will the paintings could not be reproduced in color printing, which he did not trust to be accurate. Now, however, after the new and meticulous recreation of the Barnes Collection in downtown Philadelphia, the Foundation has created a fine book that not only shows the great works in careful color, but reproduces the room settings that were so important in Dr. Barnes's view of how the works should be displayed — in ensembles of carefully chosen works of art with assorted metalwork and decorative objects, furniture, ceramics, tableware and sculptures. the result is an excellent souvenir of a visit to the Barnes or a preview to a visit that will serve the viewer/reader very well. the texts include many comments and insights by Foundation teachers that reveal much about how Dr. Barnes believed we should see and understand the works he selected.
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