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The Vatican: All the Paintings: The Complete Collection of Old Masters, Plus More than 300 Sculptures, Maps, Tapestries, and other Artifacts Hardcover – November 12, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 525 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; Slp Har/Dv edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579129439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579129439
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 11.1 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ross King, author of many works of vivid art history, including Michelangelo & the Pope’s Ceiling (2003), introduces this sumptuous showcase of 976 of the Vatican’s art treasures, observing that “the Vatican has always been a place sacred to the arts,” reaching back to the ancient Romans, for whom this hill overlooking the Tiber was a place of poets and seers, and forward through centuries of church patronage. Five million visitors a year tour this uniquely opulent citadel of art and its 21 museums, from the Pinacoteca (the picture gallery) to the Tapestry Gallery to the Egyptian and Etruscan collections. Now everyone everywhere can experience the Vatican’s magnificent collections in this veritable pageant of art history. Art historian Grebe provides to-the-point commentary, covering various popes’ commissioning of specific works and, beginning in the seventeenth century, avid acquisition of masterpieces. Here are exceptionally fine photographs of the Borgia Apartments, intricate frescoes, rare manuscripts and maps, the glorious Raphael Rooms, and the Collection of Modern Religious Art. An accompanying DVD provides additional portals onto the artistic wonders of the Vatican. --Donna Seaman

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This comprehensive and heavy tome illustrates all the works of art on display in the Vatican and underscores the variety of its art, including works that popes commissioned from painters as well as works that were accumulated for art appreciation and prestige beginning in the 17th century. The book is divided into 22 sections representing the museums and areas of the Vatican. This includes the Pinacoteca (painting gallery), with paintings given to or purchased by the pops or removed from altarpieces of papal churches.  Also included are images of art from the Borgia Apartments, the famous Raphael Rooms, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.  Lesser-known works are included, such as a collection of modern religious art and tapestry and maps.  The diversity of the holdings is highlighted by such collections as the Pio-Clementine Museum of early Christian Rome, the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, which houses non-Western art.  Not to be forgotten is St. Peter’s Basilica and Piazz, and its art including Michelangelo’s famous Pieta sculpture.

VERDICT This book, which has many beautiful color illustrations, its own slipcover, and a DVD that includes every work of art, will appeal to readers who are interested in the art of the Vatican.


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Great cocktail table book.
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A Christmas gift for my brother, who was very pleased to receive it, & wish I had one for myself.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By CTB on November 15, 2013
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It is great to have a record of all the paintings in the Vatican. The only problem I have is that some of the image quality is not up to par. (Overall the Louvre book has better reproductions but that collection is more accessible.) Several of the Sistine Chapel frescoes are illustrated with images from prior to the restoration that was completed in 1999. In particular the Michelangelo lunettes which are overexposed images of the pre-cleaned frescoes. Also their are a 2-3 heavily pixelated images due to being overly enlarged. Most of the images, and there are almost a thousand, are of good quality. I would recommend Taschen's recent XL book on Michelangelo for a more accurate representation of the Sistine Chapel's frescoes and the "Loggia of Raphael" by Abbeville for the same reason. Glad to have it, but wish the editors dug a little deeper some of the images.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chimki 01 on November 18, 2013
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I visited Vatican museums 5 times and I always wanted to know more about paintings, rooms, etc. You cant learn it from the guide escorting tour group. This book is perfectly organized and practically tells you enough details about every valuable piece of art even including rooms with icons from XII-XII centuries, which most of visitors have no time to view.
For those how wants more detailed pictures, they have to buy a different albums. This book about history of art presented in those museums and its perfect and great value.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margherite Mulcahy on January 23, 2014
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I would say the main flaw of this book is the authors use of very small photos ( about 2.5"x 2.5") for many masterpiece paintings. The beauty and detail of these pieces is completely lost due to their size and were impossible to enjoy. Other works of art were lost on the author's lack of attention to how they looked in contrast to the white background of the page. It this book hadn't been a gift, I would have returned it.
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“The Vatican: All the Paintings” made by Anja Grebe is a fantastic overview of art collections gathered in one place that offers a comprehensive look at the wealth of art that is kept in the smallest country in the world.

Since I'm a big fan of art, and in whatever city I'm, always visit galleries and museums. Therefore I’m happy that I visited and enjoyed number of famous art places around the world, both European and US.
And while Louvre attracts attention with quantity of its art, American museums with technical equipment and modernity, Vatican Museum has an amazing collection of art that is kept in relatively small space will delight everyone who visits it for the first time.
Whether we are talking about antiquity or works that were created recently in human history, in these galleries and palaces art lover will be able to enjoy the works of art perhaps more than anywhere around the world.

In this sense, this book together with the accompanying DVD is a great opportunity for art enjoying to all those who haven’t yet visited the museum, will soon visit it or even are not familiar with the wealth of art that can be seen there.

The book is organized in 22 chapters that are describing Vatican Museum and its galleries that include the famous the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Palaces, the Pinacoteca, the Borgia Apartments, and many more.
Inside, reader can found nearly 1000 art pieces, mostly paintings from authors such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Giotto, Titian and Caravaggio but also many other art objects like sculptures and tapestries.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Kennon on February 19, 2014
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I considered buying this but first I took it out from the library. I didn't have to look far to find two errors that bother me enough to believe there are many others hidden within. One is a reference to St. Stephen as "the first Christian" ! The other was- and I have the page in front of me- also one of poor editing. Page 12 calls the painting thereon as 'The Virgin and Child Enthroned with SS. Michael and Ursula'. There is a painting on the facing page with the SAME title that fits but the depicted saints on page 12 appears to be John the Baptist (perhaps) and Catherine of Alexandria with her spiked wheel. Now, these things may not bother you if you just want to enjoy lovely Christian art, but at a 75.00 list price (it does include a DVD), I want to know all kinds of dumb mistakes are not included inside. Maybe that's just me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Davka on November 24, 2013
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I visited the Vatican museum when I traveled to Italy. I took many photos and neglected to write down the names of the works of arts that I took the photos of. This has made it possible for me to go back and enjoy the photos and plan my next visit to Italy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leonard on December 6, 2013
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First rate art book. Superb reproductions. Well organized. In depth descriptions . Great cocktail table book. The author is an outstanding art historian.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thomasina A O'Lone on December 6, 2013
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A very nice book, just like the Vatican paintings,also a nice book for the conversation (Coffee Table) when guess are visting.
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