September 16, 2009
That probably depends on how much you want it.
For $235.00, you can own The History of Paris in Painting, created by seven authors. Here we go: Georges Duby, Guy Lobrichon, Father Guillaume de Berteier de Sauvigny, Geneviève Brunel, Paul-Louis Rinuy, Daniel Russo and Pierre Vaisse.
There are 496 pages with 350 illustrations and four gatefolds in the book. Seven illustrations are available for viewing on the publisher’s website, as well as the table of contents and an excerpt.
This book indeed appears to be gorgeous and fascinating. According to Library Journal, The History of Paris in Painting is “a thoughtful collection of paintings (and some photographs) paying homage to the city’s changing character and the ever-inspiring collective consciousness of its masses.”
As I read and snooped around online about it, this 11 x 17 art tome stirred my book coveting and impulsive purchasing senses for that which is beautiful and an intellectual feast.
From the introduction to The History of Paris in Painting:
“This book does not aim to present an inventory of the paintings that have been made in honor of Paris, nor to offer a guide to the Musée Carnavalet, whose mission it is to bring such works together. It is rather to reveal the long adventure of a city and its inhabitants through a local history of painting.”
On a closing note: I post this on the eve of a friend’s arrival in Paris. To LS, enjoy the City of Light and the ever famous Shakespeare & Company.