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Opere di Anthony Blunt

Art and Architecture in France, 1500-1700 (1953) 193 copie, 1 recensione
Borromini (1979) 84 copie
Baroque and Rococo Architecture and Decoration (1978) — A cura di — 74 copie
Picasso's 'Guernica'. (1969) 38 copie
The Art of William Blake (1959) 22 copie
Seurat (1965) 22 copie
Roman Baroque (2004) 14 copie
Sicilian Baroque (1968) 12 copie
The drawings of Poussin (1979) 11 copie
Les Dessins de Poussin (1988) 2 copie
The nation's pictures; (1950) 2 copie

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Blake: A Collection of Critical Essays (1966) — Collaboratore — 68 copie
Miserere (1950) — Introduzione — 34 copie
Lettres et propos sur l'art (1964) — A cura di, alcune edizioni23 copie
The Kings Pictures 1946 -47 (1947) — Introduction and some text — 6 copie

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The book is mediocre, and I'm being kind now. Unlike my esteemed fellow reviewer, I don't see how him having been a spy has any bearing on that though.
 
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Nicole_VanK | 1 altra recensione | Sep 26, 2017 |
The Pelican History of Art series is full of surprising gems and this book is no exception. It's value lies in the numerous photos and drawings which do not so much accompany the text as provide it with a ground substance on which the author hangs his words. Blunt, former Cold War spy though he might have been, writes with eloquence and verve directly to the artwork. Every picture seems carefully chosen to illustrate his points. Of course, in my older (1973) edition of this book, the pictures are in black and white so this isn't exactly a coffee table book but it's an excellent resource for learning about French painting, sculpture and architecture.

Considering that Blunt may have had some communist leanings, given his extracurricular activities, he certainly chose an interesting time period in which to specialize. The book covers the time frame from Charles VIII to Louis XIV, a time when the absolute monarchy in France was at its height. Aristocracy was failing while the merchant classes and the King divvied up the country. Blunt writes the book in eight chapters which roughly divide this time period into equal parts. Each chapter consists of a little historical and artistic context followed by sections on architecture, painting and sculpture. Being partial to architecture, I found those sections most entertaining, although I never could determine which of the two Mansarts (Francois or Hardouin) the Mansart Roof is named after. The various architectural developments of the Loire Chateaus including Blois, Chambord and Chenonceau, are particularly interesting, as Italian influence blends with French to yield a unique national style. The Palace at Versailles is well covered as is the Louvre and a multitude of other monumental buildings, while smaller, less well known but representative structures (Hotels in Paris, for example - not the kind with bell-boys but famous people's houses) are given significant coverage. Painting and sculpture is given equal footing with architecture although here the personalities and works are less well known. The movement from a gothic medieval style to classical renaissance styles in all the arts is well documented here.

The book, while written in an accessible fashion, is not for those completely new to the history of art and architecture. Some knowledge of basic architectural concepts (the classical orders - for example) is assumed and some knowledge of sculpture and painting is likewise useful. It could easily be used as a text for a course but should be accessible to the educated layperson. It contains a useful map of France and extensive end notes, bibliography and index.

This book is fantastic in the well-thought-out interplay between images and text. It would be impossible to read the text in isolation from its illustrations and the illustrations would seem pointless without the text. Don't buy it for your coffee table, buy it for your mind.
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Neutiquam_Erro | Nov 13, 2008 |
By all means this is the most awful book on artistic theory I've found. It's packed with hoary old long-discredited generalizations about the medieval and renaissance worldviews. The man was a raving ignoramus. It's positively painful reading.

It's no coincidence, perhaps, that the author, a sometime art historian to Queen Elizabeth, was also a spy for the Soviet union throughout World War II and much of the Cold War. His knighthood was stripped in 1979.

Thus, Anthony Blunt was not only a master of the bone-headed cliché, he was also a lousy art historian, and a mincing little commie, to boot. He gets half a star, however, for not writing in crayon.… (altro)
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mattmcg | 1 altra recensione | Mar 31, 2006 |

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