-Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Librarian, New York
With 8.5 million visitors every year, the Louvre is the most popular museum in the world, and houses many of the most celebrated and important paintings of all time.
So you can’t fit a trip to Paris into your travel budget this year (or, well, maybe not even within the next 5-10 years)? Don’t fret. You can explore ALL the paintings in the famed museum’s permanent collection from the comfort of your home and not have to push and shove your way through the crowds surrounding Mona Lisa. Vogue remarks, “the book brings an entire museum collection to your bookshelf.”
Now in this unprecedented work, Black Dog & Leventhal offers a first-of-its-kind book and DVD collection, which features all 3,022 paintings on display in the museum’s permanent collection, as captured by renowned art photographer Erich Lessing. Several years in the making, the book marks an ambitious international collaboration and is an official publication of the museum. It features a Preface by Henri Loyrette, General Director of the Louvre, as well as lively introductory texts by Vincent Pomarède, General Curator of the Painting Collection of the Louvre.
Illuminating descriptions of each featured painting are provided by noted art historian, Anja Grebe. Housed in a handsome slipcase, the book showcases full-color photographs that are annotated with the name of the painting, artist, date of the work, dates of the artist’s birth and death, the medium that was used, the size of the painting, the catalog number, and the room in the Louvre where the painting can be found.
Organized and divided into the four main collections of the museum—the Italian School, Northern School, Spanish School, and French School—the book specially highlights four hundred of the most significant and best-loved paintings. The featured works are accompanied by absorbing critical and historical text by Pomarède and Grebe that elucidates the key attributes of each work, such as what to look for when viewing the painting, the artist’s inspirations and techniques, biographical information on the artist, and the artist’s larger historical impact.
This is the book for art lovers, travelers, and Francophiles. Browse each collection by artist, era, school, genre, or by room, with the accompanying navigational DVD-ROM—almost as if you were walking through the halls of the museum itself.
The Louvre: All the Paintings has been receiving much appreciation and acclaim throughout the art world and beyond. Snag your own copy and explore the extraordinary pieces in the Louvre up close and feel free to spend as much time as you like with each painting!
Erich Lessing has been documenting the culture and fine arts of Europe and the Near East for more than fifty years. He created the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive, which is an extensive image library featuring over 40,000 high-resolution images from over 500 museums and private collections throughout the world. He has published more than 40 books with his art photography. He lives in Vienna and travels regularly to Paris and other art capitals of the world.
Vincent Pomarède has been the General Curator and Director of the Painting Department at the Louvre since 2003. He was previously the Director of the Musée des Beaux-arts de Lyon and the deputy to the director of conservation at the Inspectorate General of Listed and Controlled Museums. He is also the author of numerous books, including most recently Delacroix: Liberty Leading the People (2004), 1001 Paintings of the Louvre (2005), and Corot: Memory of Mortefontaine (2010).
Henri Loyrette has been the President and Director of the Musée du Louvre since April 2001. Conservateur Général du Patrimoine since 1975, Loyrette is a highly respected art historian of 19th-century French art. Prior to his appointment at the Louvre, Loyrette served as Director of the Musée d’Orsay from 1994 to 2001, and Curator at the Musée d’Orsay from 1978 to 1999. With a master’s degree in history, Loyrette was a scholar at the French Academy in Rome from 1975 to 1977. A member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts since 1997, Loyrette is also a trustee of the Société de l’Histoire de l’Art Français and Cité de la Musique.
Anja Grebe teaches Art History at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg/Germany. She is taking part in numerous international research projects and exhibitions and has published extensively on medieval and modern art history. Her most recent publications include a history of book illumination and a biography of Albrecht Dürer. She lives in Erlangen, Germany.