Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums

Category: Book
Edited By: Fergusson, Maggie
By (author): Serota, Nicholas
Subject:  ART / Museum Studies
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Essays
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
  TRAVEL / Museums, Tours, Points of Interest
Publisher: Public Affairs
Published: November 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.00in x 5.00in x 0.50in
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From The Publisher*In this exuberant celebration of the world's museums, great and small, revered writers like Ann Patchett, Julian Barnes, Ali Smith, and more tell us about their favorite museums, including the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York, the Musee Rodin in Paris, and the Prado in Madrid. These essays, collected from the pages of The Economist'sIntelligent Life magazine, reveal the special hold that some museums have over us all. Acclaimed novelist William Boyd visits the Leopold Museum in Vienna-a shrine to his favorite artist, Egon Schiele, whom Boyd first discovered on a postcard as a University student. In front of her favorite Rodins, Allison Pearson recalls a traumatic episode she suffered at the hands of a schoolteacher following a trip to the Musee in Paris. Neil Gaiman admires the fantastic world depicted in British outsider artist Richard Dadd's 'The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke,' a tiny painting that alsodecorated the foldout cover of a Queen album, housed in the Victorian room of Tate Britain's Pre-Raphaelite collection. Ann Patchett fondly revisits Harvard University's Museum of Natural History-which she discovered at 19, while in the throes of summer romance with a biology student named Jack. Treasure Palaces is a treasure trove of wonders, a tribute to the diversity and power of the museums, the safe-keepers of our world's most extraordinary artifacts, and an intimate look into the deeply personal reveries we fall into when before great art.
Review Quote*'An entertaining and idiosyncratic tour of obscure museums that have inspired and challenged famous authors throughout their lives... The collection takes an intimate look both at the writers and the museums themselves, providing deep insights into how artists connect with the world around them.' –Publishers Weekly 'Lively... These graceful, vicarious tours to museums famous and obscure are almost as good as the real thing.' -Kirkus Reviews
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