ART TREASURES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM by Geoffrey Grigson

ART TREASURES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The British Museum in a colossal warehouse -- ""a spectacle, a repository and den of learning"". The author has elected to by- pass all two-dimensional paintings or drawings, to concentrate on three dimensional object d'art. Most are sculptures; and the majority represent gods -""named and unnameable"" -- from Asia, Egypt, Polynesia, India or Europe. There are 153 plates in black and white, and a half-dozen in color. Not a single piece in the book can be ascribed to an artist by name. This is a random personal selection with an amusing dissertation on the ponderous growth of the Museum as a storehouse of rarities, historic curiosities and imperishable artistic landmarks. A somewhat eclectic winnowing whose appeal will be to the specialist within artistic or ethnological circles. The preface is by Sir Thomas Kendrick, director of the Museum. This is not an art publication of universal or popular appeal.

Publisher: Harry Abrams