Masterworks from the Indiana University Art Museum

Masterworks from the Indiana University Art Museum

Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/09/2008
Format: Paperback 180 color photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21956-5
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Richly illustrated with more than 160 full-color plates, Masterworks from the Indiana University Art Museum presents a selection of the finest works from one of the best university art museums in the world. Included are examples from the full range of world cultures collected by the museum: Africa, the Ancient Western World, Asia, Ancient America, the South Pacific, and Western Art before and after 1800. The entry accompanying each piece, by the curator of that collection, sketches the cultural context within which the object was created and used and describes the unique qualities that make it a masterpiece. In addition to showcasing the research of the museum's highly respected curatorial staff, this handsome volume highlights the remarkable photography of Michael Cavanagh and Kevin Montague, widely regarded as among the premier photographers of fine arts. For students, lovers, and collectors of art, Masterworks provides an inspiring and illuminating tour of the world's artistic traditions.

Author Bio

Adelheid M. Gealt is Director of the Indiana University Art Museum and co-author (with George Knox) of Domenico Tiepolo: A New Testament (IUP, 2006). She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

At the Indiana University Art Museum, Diane M. Pelrine is Associate Director for Curatorial Services and Curator, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; Adriana Calinescu is Thomas T. Solley Curator of Ancient Art; Judith A. Stubbs is Pamela Buell Curator of Asian Art; and Jennifer A. McComas is curator of Western Art. All live in Bloomington, Indiana.


“Within this distinguished museum community the Indiana University Art Museum is considered a leader, with an important collection of world art housed in an outstanding building.”
 — Evan M. Maurer, Director Emeritus, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgments Adelheid M. Gealt
Introduction and History Adelheid M. Gealt
Collectors and Collecting Adelheid M. Gealt
Africa Diane M. Pelrine
Ancient Western World Adriana Calinescu
Asia Judith A. Stubbs
Ancient Americas Diane M. Pelrine
South Pacific Diane M. Pelrine
West before 1800 Adelheid M. Gealt
West after 1800 Jennifer A. McComas