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Only the best : masterpieces of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

Author: Katharine Baetjer; James David Draper; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, ©1999.
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This volume and the exhibition it accompanies bring together eighty of the finest masterpieces in the collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. All of the works of art are richly illustrated in color and described in authoritative texts by the curators of the Gulbenkian Museum. These magnificent pieces, which reflect the renowned art collector Calouste Gulbenkian's eclectic taste, include paintings by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Catalogs
Exhibition catalogues
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Only the best.
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, ©1999
(OCoLC)606488454
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katharine Baetjer; James David Draper; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 0870999265 9780870999260 0870999273 9780870999277 0810965461 9780810965461
OCLC Number: 42290201
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from Nov. 17, 1999, through Feb. 27, 2000.
Description: xi, 163 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: President and Chairman's Foreword / Victor de Sa Machado --
Director's Foreword / Joao Castel-Branco Pereira --
Director's Foreword / Philippe de Montebello --
Calouste Gulbenkian: The Collector as Creator / Joao Castel-Branco Pereira --
A Home for Our "Friends of a Lifetime" / Nuno Vassallo e Silva --
Catalogue. Roman, Islamic, Armenian, Egyptian, and Chinese Art / Mario de Castro Hipolito, Maria Helena Trindade Lopes and Maria Antonia Pinto de Matos / [and others]. Medieval and Renaissance Art / Manuela Fidalgo, Maria Rosa Figueiredo and Luisa Sampaio. Islamic Art / Maria Fernanda Passos Leite and Maria Queiroz Ribeiro. Old Master Paintings / Luisa Sampaio. Eighteenth-Century Decorative Arts / Isabel Pereira Coutinho and Maria Fernanda Passos Leite. French Sculpture / Maria Rosa Figueiredo. Nineteenth-Century Painting / Luisa Sampaio. Lacquer, Lalique, and Modern Bindings / Isabel Pereira Coutinho, Manuela Fidalgo and Maria Fernanda Passos Leite.
Responsibility: edited by Katharine Baetjer and James David Draper.
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This volume and the exhibition it accompanies bring together eighty of the finest masterpieces in the collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. All of the works of art are richly illustrated in color and described in authoritative texts by the curators of the Gulbenkian Museum. These magnificent pieces, which reflect the renowned art collector Calouste Gulbenkian's eclectic taste, include paintings by Rubens, Fragonard, Gainsborough, Turner, and Manet; silver from services created for the nobility of Russia and Western Europe; Roman medallions; Ottoman ceramics; Japanese lacquerware; jewelry by Lalique; and books and textiles from both East and West. These works of art offer dazzling testimony to Gulbenkian's devotion to the quality of the individual object and to his refined connoisseurship.The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum was created under the terms of Gulbenkian's will in order to preserve under one roof the artworks in his collection—one of the preeminent art assemblages of the first half of the twentieth century. Gulbenkian, a successful businessman who was born in 1869 in Ottoman Turkey to an Armenian family, made his fortune in the oil industry. In April 1942, in the midst of World War II, he arrived in Lisbon seeking a peaceful place to live. Portugal had remained neutral in the conflict that was engulfing the world. Gulbenkian spent the rest of his life in Lisbon, where he died in 1955. As a collector—whether of ancient Egyptian art, Islamic art, or European painting and decorative arts—Gulbenkian acquired "only the best."

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