A Key to the Louvre: Memoirs of a Curator by Michel Laclotte,Mark Polizzotti

By Michel Laclotte,Mark Polizzotti

An artwork international insider presents a witty and penetrating account of 50 years on the middle of overseas culture.

Art historian, curator, and museum director Michel Laclotte has been on the leading edge of French cultural existence during the last part century. This casual autobiography sheds gentle on his impressive profession with heat and directness. Highlights contain two decades as leader curator of portray and sculpture on the Musée du Louvre, heading the crew that created the Musée dOrsay, and taking the reins of the Louvre to guide the trouble that culminated within the museums transformation into the “Grand Louvre,” one of many worlds preeminent cultural attractions.

Raising the curtain on fifty years of Western artwork scholarship, intrigue, and success, Laclotte introduces a unprecedented solid of characters who set Frances cultural course within the postwar interval from Charles de Gaulle and André Malraux within the Nineteen Fifties to François Mitterand within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties. His tale overlaps with nearly each significant scholarly determine in French paintings heritage of the final half-century, in addition to Laclottes mentors and associates all through and past Europe, from Roberto Longhi and Anthony Blunt to Sir John Pope-Hennessy and Millard Meiss. An incomparable testomony to a interval of seismic switch within the museum global, this quantity may be crucial interpreting for artwork global afficianados and all scholars of paintings and sleek culture.

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