149 Paintings You Really Need to See in Europe

149 Paintings You Really Need to See in Europe

(so You Can Ignore the Others)

Book - 2013
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Visit some of Europe's greatest museums and galleries in the company of a knowledgeable tour guide.

"Who can resist an art critic with attitude?" - Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, Ian Binnie

"It was wonderful! Julian shared his enormous knowledge of the world's best art with a panache that is irresistible." - Justice Stephen Goudge, Ontario Court of Appeal

This essential companion to all the major European museums and galleries discusses some of the world's greatest paintings from Giotto through to Picasso. Julian Porter's passion for art began with the seven years he spent as a student tour guide in Europe. Since then, he has conducted countless tours of Europe's famous galleries - The Louvre, The Prado, The Hermitage, The Rijksmuseum, the Sistine Chapel, and many others.

In the usually pretentious arena of art connoisseurs, Porter's voice stands out as fresh and original. He finds the best of the best, which he describes with entertaining irreverence, and spares you hours of sore feet and superfluous information.

Publisher: Toronto :, Dundurn Press,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781459700727
Branch Call Number: 708.94 POR NVD
Characteristics: xxi, 426 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm


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Dec 08, 2015

Such a witty and vibrant account of are in Europe.

Jan 09, 2014

Don't know why I'm a sucker for these lists (They've never been trendier, so, clearly, they attract others as well). Should have known from the parenthetical part of Porter's title I'd have problems with his book. Most people simply seem to laud the canonical works without identifying preferences or expressing opinions. So the fact that Porter chose to do this intrigued me. On the plus side, his volume contains useful information on museums and galleries, both renowned and obscure. Tips on how to avoid lines, arrange private viewings, etc. may be the best thing about it. There's also a fair amount of interesting trivia. However, much of his commentary is simply rehash of very conservative art historians like Sir Kenneth Clark. 149 Paintings is marred, too, by surprisingly ignorant observations and incompetence with written English. (He seems to think "enervate" is synonymous with "energize", for instance when it means the opposite!)

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