Let the Metropolitan Museum's director, Thomas P. Campbell, act as your personal guide to one of the world's most renowned and encyclopedic collections of art. Based on the museum's immensely popular audio tour, this handy book provides fascinating guided visits through the first and second floors of the museum, zeroing in on about 50 masterpieces on each tour.
Also provided is a shorter itinerary of 'Visitor's Favorites'. Highlights include the Temple of Dendur, from ancient Nubia, Egypt; an exquisitely frescoed bedroom from Boscoreale, near Pompeii; majestic Assyrian reliefs; Rembrandt's Aristotle with a Bust of Homer; armor from both Europe and Asia; an exquisitely carved ivory pendant mask from Benin, Africa; Emmanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware; Van Gogh's celebrated painting Wheat Field with Cypresses, and many other works.
With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, various modern trades were born and the need to employ young workers expanded. To improve comprehension of many of the new trades and practices required by the emerging industries, various guidebooks and handbooks aimed at a young readership started to appear in the early nineteenth century, and this is a reprint collection of eight books published in different decades of the nineteenth century.
Including numerous illustrations of the tools and machines, and people at work using them, the collection is a crucial source of both textual and visual data about Victorian social and industrial history. The gathered materials also provide vivid background information to enable a deeper understanding of Victorian culture and literature.
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