Art for Travellers France
The Essential Guide to Viewing Art in Paris and its Surrounds
Bill and Lorna Hannan
5" x 7 3/4" • 288 pages • b&w illus.
ISBN 9781566565097 (UK ISBN 9781844370061) • paperback • $20.00 •
"Travelers in Europe who are there specifically to look at the art--and even those who just stumble upon such treasures as Notre Dame de Paris--will see things they never saw before and learn more about things they already knew existed, with this delightful guidebook to the art and architecture of France...Here they offer a great deal of information in an entertaining style...then goes on to tell, in minute detail, just about everything that an art-loving traveler can expect to see...The authors' attention to detail is extreme, and they include dates and possible inspirations throughout... Several glorious color photographs accompany all the descriptions of the art...Any traveler accompanied by this book will come away wiser for it."
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France holds some of the most remarkable and well-known collections of art in the world. This thorough and accessible guide covers every possible epoch, taking travelers on a guided journey through centuries of wonderful paintings, architecture, and sculpture.
Concentrating on the great art movements that originated in France, it begins with the cathedrals of the Middle Ages and then moves on to the enormously popular painting of the 19th-century Impressionists and those who followed them. The French have also collected a great deal of art from other countries. Like the Impressionists’ work, most of these collections are in museums in Paris. In a series of art trails—itineraries that cover the most important works in the country—travelers are taken on a capitvating tours of the best in art in France.
Written in a friendly, informative style, it is designed for the traveler who is serious—but not stuffy—about art. Not only does it give specialized coverage of art in France, but it will save the traveler the expense of purchasing numerous gallery guides.
The guide features:
• Coverage of the background of French art and its cultural context
• Brief biographies of individual artists
• Expert knowledge presented in a friendly, informative style
• Details and descriptions of the outstanding pieces at every site
• Interesting critical descriptions of works and explanations of technical terms
• Maps highlighting places to visit, including intercity routes
• Full-color painting reproductions
Meeting the needs of visitors interested in art, this delightful guide will entertain and inform the seasoned cultural traveler as well as the amateur art buff.
Bill and Lorna Hannan are writers who visit Greece regularly to see part of their large family. Bill Hannan studied fine arts and has worked as an art critic for international news magazines. They are the authors of Art for Travellers Greece in the same series.
"A succinct guide for travelers who are serious but not stuffy about art...beautifully color illustrated pocket guides to the art held in museums, churches and galleries. Serious, informative, but unpretentious commentary guides the reader along a series of trails for art travelers that cover the most important paintings and sculptures."
-- Books News
"Both of these amply illustrated and excellent little guidebooks are jam-packed with where to go, what to see, and in what social/political contexts you might find the most important works of art in Italy and France. All this information at bargain prices you ought not to pass up."
-- Art News (on Art for Travellers France and Italy)
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