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The Impossible Museum: The Best Art You'll Never See Hardcover – August 13, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (August 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791347152
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791347158
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spanning centuries and encompassing a variety of masterpieces--from paintings on canvas and cave walls to structures and jewelry--this fascinating compendium of "lost art" takes readers on a historic journey and explores how and why art can disappear from our lives. Some works are simply missing, such as da Vinci's Leda and the Swan or the Romanov jewels. Others were intentionally transformed, such as Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, or destroyed, like the Buddhas of Bamyan.

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Format: Hardcover
The Impossible Museum: The Best Art You'll Never See by Céline Delavaux
is about 190 pages, filled with colored images of art (paintings, sculptures, etc.) that have either disappeared, have been transformed in some way, been destroyed, are hidden away, or have been stolen. For each art piece mentioned there is two related images as well as a short description that is a few short paragraphs where the author gives brief information or a short summary of the dealings with the piece. Usually it is a little history of the art and/or artist, along with how the art ended up.

Some of the paragraphs did not flow well, as well as mentioning other things that, while were somehow related, did not fit in with the art piece that was being focused on.

I feel that there are many more art pieces that could be added to the ones mentioned in the book.

I would recommend this book to readers who would just like to know simple facts about a certain art piece, since one would have to look elsewhere for more descriptive information about the art, artists and what actually happened to the art pieces.
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