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Pieter Bruegel the Elder: at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna Hardcover – 6 Apr 1998

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Editore; 01 edition (6 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 888118320X
  • ISBN-13: 978-8881183203
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 1.8 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,047,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I saw this book on sale in Vienna and decided not to lug a copy home but to return home and buy it online. This was an excellent tactic, as the lower price also meant I am not too bothered about the almost unreadable text. The illustrations are superb, particularly the detailed studies.The editorial is a difficult read, and is the sort that makes a cynic wonder whether art historians ever listen to themselves. I have been studying Bruegel's paintings most of my adult life (I'm now a retired academic) and I found the text heavy going. Sentences are often far too long, with too many asides that detract rather than support any line of argument being presented. I had expected a far more analytical approach to the collection and its various elements, but this is too biographical and too 'nerdy': art history for anoraks. The opening sets the tone by its high regard for matters of provenance, which I would be happy to see left to an appendix, but which so many galleries present as a self-validating fetish. I have read far more interesting studies of these paintings in books dealing with his works as a whole. So - disappointing for what it has to say, while the illustrations are fabulous. Nothing though equals seeing the originals, though I doubt I will ever look at them in quite the same way again having studied these illustrations.
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This is a must-buy if you want to inspect the detail of breugel's paintings - superb technical photography and reproduction in the book. The editorial is a difficult read, however. I imagine its in translation and could be better. Sentences are really long, and difficult to follow. The biggest problem is that no-where is the reader taken through the paintings in any analytical way.
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I would like to appreciate this publication very much. It is not easy to cover such a wide range of messages the painter provided with further generations. I am convinced,comparing dozens of the publications dedicated to the exceptional and eminent Bruegel I could read and study, this book is one of the best. I can recommend it profoundly indeed.
Zdenek Vasek
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HASH(0x96527168) out of 5 stars The segment enlargements are superb 30 Aug. 2011
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Most competitive books just show the full painting. For the details of the paintings I found comments in Bruegel by Wolfgang Stechow to be more detailed. Even better was researching The Battle Between Carnival and Lent and Children's Games on the web at sites specializing in art and historical paintings.
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