The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings (Skira Rizzoli, $75) is simply a stunning addition to any art book collection. Compiled by Kathryn Calley Galitz, this tome features over 1,000 stunning, full color reproductions of 500 paintings from the collection, organized chronologically, beginning with an Iron Age jar from Iran and ending with a 2014 painting by American artist Kerry James Marshall. The book spans many cultures and deliberately places paintings from different regions side by side, allowing readers to view in one glance works that would likely never appear together in the same museum gallery. The resulting juxtapositions spark unexpected resonances and create connections that would otherwise go unnoticed. In addition to the striking pairings, enlarged details of selected works give readers the opportunity to appreciate the art up-close and personal. This book is sure to delight lovers of history, art, and culture alike.