a beautiful book that enlightens the readers with this particular school of painting, that is an idealized or imagined world of mid-eastern exotica. I do appreciate the full page colour repro of the most famous painting of orientalism, and the text that accompanies it. A good solid book to introduce the reader into paintings of orientalism.
This is a good book on orientalist art. The Orient was a very prominent subject used by many European artists, especially French, British, and Italian, in the late 19th/early 20th Centuries, responding to the fascination of intellectual Europeans with the exotic Orient, to which the elite used to travel. The book gives valuable information on this movement, with a large selection of reproductions, many of them in color, the quality of which is fairly good. Usually, orientalist art books, especially hardcover, are rather expensive. My copy is a paperback and is reasonably priced. If you are a fan of orientalist art, or if you would like to know and learn about it, this is a good book to buy.
This is nothing short of a spectacular book. While the color reproduction is not perfect, it is generally very good. The coverage is remarkable. I have not read the complete text, but my unsystematic perusal finds it scholarly, interestingly organized, and well written. If you want just one book on Orientalist art, or if you already own ALL the other books on Orientalist art, you MUST have this one!