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How to Visit a Museum

Finn, David

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ISBN 10: 0810922975 / ISBN 13: 9780810922976
Published by Harry N Abrams, 1985
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Title: How to Visit a Museum

Publisher: Harry N Abrams

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Paperback

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First.

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Tells how to plan a museum visit, gives advice on appreciating paintings, sculptures, and museum buildings themselves, and discusses special shows, permanent collections, and different types of museums.


A glance at this book's table of contents gives you an idea of its intentions: "Developing your own pace; Where to begin; Displays can dramatize--but don't let them fool you; There's no rule on how long it takes to appreciate a masterpiece." David Finn encourages museumgoers to rely on their own impressions. In the first sentence of the first chapter, he writes that there is "no right or wrong way to visit a museum." Finn gives a general overview of the layout of a museum and uses illustrations from museums around the world to present basic art history concepts and ways of looking at artwork. With practical information he encourages museum visitors to feel comfortable, confident, and develop their own sensibilities in a museum--instead of relying on someone else's. "Discrimination," Finn writes, "is a necessary component of appreciation."

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