The National Gallery: A Short History (Hardback)Charles Saumarez Smith (author)
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His insider' s perspective gives him an invaluable insight into the challenges faced by his predecessors as they managed the collection from its very modest origins through to its status as a world class institution and a major tourist destination that welcomes more than five million visitors per year.
This erudite yet movingly personal book reveals the contentious issues surrounding how a national collection is to be acquired, preserved, restored and displayed, the often fraught relationship between Director, Trustees and government, architectural and aesthetic controversies, and addresses the future of the Gallery in an increasingly uncertain and commercialized art marketplace.
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm