The National Gallery, A Short History

The National Gallery, A Short History

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
A high-energy, insider's history of one of the world's leading art collections, presented by a former National Gallery director, reveals the contentious issues surrounding the way national collections are built and maintained while offering insight into the roles played by trustees and governments.

Perseus Publishing
Charles Saumarez Smith was the director of the National Gallery from 2002 to 2007, a period in which he oversaw the purchase of Raphael's The Madonna of the Pinks for a record £22 million, raised in part by his successful campaign for public contributions. His insider's perspective gives him invaluable insight into the challenges faced by his predecessors as they managed the Gallery's collection from very modest origins to its status as a world-class institution and major tourist destination. This literate yet movingly personal book reveals the contentious issues that surround the way a national collection is acquired, preserved, restored, and displayed; the complex, competitive relationship between director, trustees, and government; architectural and aesthetic controversies; and the future of the Gallery in an increasingly uncertain and overly commercialized art marketplace.

Publisher: London : Frances Lincoln Limited Publishers, 2009
Edition: First Frances Lincoln edition
ISBN: 9780711230439
Branch Call Number: 709 SAUMA
Characteristics: 192 pages ; 20 cm


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