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Period Rooms in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Superb examples of interior design through the ages are on view in the period rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. These exhibition galleries are depicted in this book, from a Roman bedroom excavated near Pompeii and a Louis XVI grand salon from 18th-century Paris to the Frank Lloyd Wright room in the museum's American Wing. Photographs of 35 installations - ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by ABRAMS (first published June 1996)
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Sherwood Smith
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I bought this after spending most of an afternoon just in the period rooms at the Met. The book attempts to capture the effect of seeing period furnishings in the spaces it was designed for. The photography is excellent, but sometimes it is so very fine that the atmosphere is subsumed by the artistry of photogenic angles and oblique lighting of a sort you know did not exist at the time.

However, even seeing a period room at the Met isn't going to give one the smells and sounds of the period, nor
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