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How to Visit a Museum
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.
Paperback, 135 pages
Published September 30th 1985 by Harry N. Abrams
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Jan 04, 2017 Cathy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to more mindfully appreciate art
This slim volume gives some great ideas on how to visit a museum. I've always either gone to museums for special exhibitions or to wander around aimlessly trying to squeeze everything in. This is especially the case when I'm visiting museums in far-flung places. But the author writes about seeking out what speaks to your heart; about learning something about new artists or masterpieces; about lingering in front of those pieces that resonate with you. He also talks about whether it is better to v ...more
"I cannot explain why certain work by Rembrandt or Rubens strike me as being masterpieces; or why Roualt's profoundly religious paintings almost never fail to move me; or why the silent, lonely scenes by Edward Hopper strike such a deep chord in my soul; or why Emil Nolde's richly colorful paintings seem so stunning; or why I find the late watercolors of Cézanne the epitome of pure beauty. Nor can I describe my emotions when I stand before Cellini's perfectly modeled renditions of the human figu ...more
A pleasant, quick read that I picked up at my library's book sale. It wasn't nearly as judgmental as I feared: the author is essentially advocating identifying the types of art that you're interested in seeing and seeking it out; going through the museum at a pace that you are comfortable with; not trying to tackle too much in one trip; and most of all, to try to keep an open mind. That's pretty much the bulk of his advice. The text is peppered with attractive photos of paintings,sculptures, and ...more
A very compelling glance into the cognitive personas of citizens for reasons relating to museum visitation. He highlights a few of these and provided useful tips for hot to visit a museum. What Finn stresses, to be the neutral theme, is take your time and bring someone with because that heights the experience. However there is nothing wrong Finn outlines with going by yourself, but the unfortunate repercussion is that you will not be able to share your observations or discoveries with that perso ...more
I have had this on my bedside table for probably three months, reading it a bit at a time. It has some nice ideas about how to go through a museum and get the most out of it depending on how long you have to spend in said museum. It was interesting, and perhaps I internalized some of the points to incorporate into my next trek to an art museum, but I wouldn’t recommend it this book to anyone but art historian or museum curators.
Annoyingly specific to certain museums and certain works of art, when I was hoping for a more general approach. I may not be the ideal audience for this book as I used to be a museum employee and before that, as a museum and art lover, I had already figured out the approach he describes here (go alone and at your own pace, go often and don't be afraid to stop when you're done).