The Ideal Museum: An Art Lover's Dream Collection

Philippe Daverio is one of Italy’s most important contemporary art historians, whose discerning comments about art are voraciously consumed by the public through his writing as editor of the famed magazine Art e Dossier and his platform on a leading Italian television program Passepartout. Now, in his first full-length work of narrative nonfiction, Daverio uses the conceit of creating his own perfect museum gallery and in the process reexamines major artistic masterpieces of Western art.

Daverio turns his critical eye on the place of Western art in contemporary twenty-first-century culture and how we relate to art generally. According to Daverio, we relate to the history of art based on views that crystallized in the nineteenth century, and so we look to the past to understand the present, though the present is what truly matters to everyone.  Daverio means to challenge this perspective, and guided by his curiosity and personal taste, he examines key masterworks to rediscover the true meaning and power they had before they became commoditized and clichéd.  

Some distinctive features of this illustrated eBook are:

• 800+ full size and detailed images of paintings and drawings.
• 280+ artworks with pop-up ability.
• 160 thumbnails with links showing the setting of the work and location in its home museum, with informational text.
• 92 links to museum websites that house the real works.
The Italian-language edition of The Ideal Museum ebook has been awarded the QED Seal (Quality, Excellence, Design)—the premier award for ebooks and book apps—by the council of the Publishing Innovation Awards. This award recognizes the title’s portability and readability, providing the best reading experience possible.

About The Author

Philippe Daverio is a full professor at the University of Architecture in Palermo and professor of art history at the Politecnico in Milan. He is also the director of the famed art magazine Art e Dossier, the author of several books, and the creator and host of Italy’s leading arts television series Passepartout.

  • Publish Date: July 02, 2013
  • Format: eBook
  • Category: Art - History - General
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Pages: 352
  • US Price: $19.99
  • CDN Price: $55.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4311-4


"While the 250 color images of chosen masterpieces from the best of Western art are mesmerizing, and their placement in his ideal museum a fascinating exercise, the author's descriptions are not only informed and insightful, they're practically poetry." ~Ambassador

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