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Barber Institute of Fine Arts (Revised) (Paperback) (Richard Verdi)

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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts was founded in 1932 by Dame Martha Constance Hattie Barber 'for the study and encouragement of art and music'. Bequeathing a lump sum of money to a Board of Trustees, she instructed them to create from this a building in memory of her and her husband, Sir William Henry Barber, a wealthy Birmingham property developer and solicitor. This was to contain a concert hall and art gallery, together with a collection of works of art 'of that standard of quality required by the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection'.
Today the Institute houses the departments of History of Art and Music at the University of Birmingham and boasts a magnificent collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and objets d'art, all of which have been acquired by purchase since the late 1930s. In their range and quality, these comprise one of the finest small picture galleries in the world and the most representative collection of Western art assembled in Britain in the twentieth century.
In this book, now presented in a revised and expanded edition, Richard Verdi presents 115 of the finest works in the collection, all of which are illustrated in full colour. These date from antiquity to the mid-twentieth century and include masterpieces by many of the greatest names in the history of art, including Bellini, Rubens, Rembrandt and all the major Impressionist painters. Each work is presented chronologically and described by means of an extended caption, which places it within a wider art historical context.
Edition: Revised
Number of Pages: 120
Genre: Art
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Acc Pub Group
Author: Richard Verdi
Language: English
Street Date: November 30, 2017
TCIN: 53203674
UPC: 9781785510403
Item Number (DPCI): 248-56-7529
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