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British Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575-1875
British Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575-1875
by Katharine Baetjer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 55.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts, 27 Aug 2013
There is no introduction, on the daft pretext that the collection isn't sufficiently comprehensive to tell the full story of British art - so we get no background on the fascinating development of the Met's collection and the collectors and curators that shaped it. Discussion of condition is cursory and inconsistent.

Good reproductions, and many of the catalogue entries are perfectly adequate, but it does not amount to a satisfactory catalogue of this important collection.


The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections from the 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century: Germany, Austria, and France
The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections from the 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century: Germany, Austria, and France
by William Wixom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 41.70

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inadequate hagiography, 5 April 2012
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There are no catalogue entries, just photographs of exhibits supplemented by sycophantic essays about The Great Collector, with inadquate information about the art. Reviews have focused on Lauder buying only 'Oh My God' works of art, but there are some really mediocre pieces (particularly the old master paintings). It's a great collection with real depth in some areas, but it is not well served by this book.


The Louvre: All the Paintings
The Louvre: All the Paintings
by Henri Loyrette
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 31.00

27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thin and incomplete, 31 Oct 2011
This is not a catalogue of the Louvre's paintings; it just illustrates those on display. It does not include the reserve collection, and fails to provide more than basic information (nothing on condition or provenance). Illustrations are mostly small and poor, and the text for the fuller entries is flimsy. A basic single-volume catalogue like that available for the National Gallery in London would have been very welcome, but this is not it - it falls somewhere between a checklist catalogue and a handbook, but fails to do either properly.
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Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display

318 of 346 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken within a week, 8 Nov 2010
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Bought for a holiday, but was left without anything to read as it abruptly stopped working. E-books leave you entirely at the mercy of the hardware, and given the number of failures being reported within such a short time the Kindle falls well short of required standards.

For the brief period that it worked, it was good for reading novels; the page-turns were much less distracting than other devices. However, navigating newspapers is inconvenient, and it is not at all suited to reading non-fiction given the difficulty of navigating between sections.
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