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Tiger Seen on Shaftesbury Avenue: The National Gallery's Grand Tour (National Gallery London) Paperback – 9 May 2008

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (9 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185709428X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857094282
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,810,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'What a splendid summertime treat: strolling through Soho with Caravaggio by your side. I love running into a Rubens while nipping out to buy a paper, or having a Holbein to look at while hailing a taxi.' Howard Jacobson, The Independent"

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Andrew Graham-Dixon is an art historian, writer, and broadcaster.

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By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Oct. 2009
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In June 2007, a collaboration with Hewlitt Packard The National Gallery had beautifully faithful reproductions made of some of their most admired paintings and hung them on walls in the streets of central London.

What must it have been like to be walking to work and come upon a full sized reproduction of Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian, on the wall next to the Greengrocer's, or Rembrant's painting of Belshazzar's Feast outside the Queens Theatre? Imagine sitting down to eat your lunchtime sandwich under Renoir's The Skiff, or coming upon The Triumph of Pan by Poussin as you wandered around the shopping precinct (and as one commentator adds, "What a party!"). This book is a marvellous record of the impact these reproductions must have had on street life in the city.

My own favourites include Rembrandt's self-portrait at the age of 34, painted in 1640 when he was in his prime, as the book says, "at the height of his powers", dressed in 16th century costume that mimics Titian's Man With a Quilted Sleeve. You can almost see the mixture of self-mockery, hubris and devilment in his eyes.

Another astonishing painting exhibited in this extraordinary way, was George Stubbs' painting of Whistlejacket, surely the most gorgeous horse painting ever, showing the delightful contours and delicate features of this magnificent creature.

But for sheer shock value alone, to walk round the corner in Soho and come upon Carravaggio's painting Salome receives the Head of Saint John the Baptist, must have been a once-in-a-lifetime thrill.

Of the 44 paintings reproduced and given replica frames, only four of them were stolen - but as this book shows, CCTV footage was available. Sumptuously reproduced in photographs of most of the sites showing the paintings, this book is, in all senses of the words, a real eye-opener.
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By Mrs. RM KLEPPMANN on 12 Mar. 2009
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There's not much explanation - but then there's not much background to the street exhibition. The book is the record of a really fun idea.
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tiger seen on shaftesbury avenue 20 July 2013
By Jacqueline Piechowski - Published on Amazon.com
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thnaks for having this book! I've been searching for it for ages. Yhis will help our community for prepoaring for a similar exhibit in the Dedtroit and Lapeer area.
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