The Museum of Mysteries

The Museum of Mysteries Art's Best-Kept Secrets

Hardback (12 Mar 2014) | English

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Who was the model for Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring? How were the Nazca Lines- the giant drawings scrawled across Peru's desert coast- created? Why is Botticelli's The Birth of Venus an ingenious example of mathematic computation? Travelling across centuries and continents, this collection of forty enigmatic artworks and artists examines secrets that have confounded experts and amateurs alike. Presented in beautiful colour spreads, each work or artist is profiled in an absorbing and accessible commentary that draws on the latest research. While some of these mysteries have been solved, many others continue to stump even the most learned scholars. Find out what they know - and what they don't - in this compelling collection that will deepen readers' appreciation of some of the world's most recognisable masterpieces.

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Prestel is one of the world's leading illustrated book publishers with a stunning list of beautifully crafted books on all aspects of art, architecture, photography and design. From the latest pop culture and fashion to major exhibition catalogues, Prestel ensures that quality reigns throughout everything they publish. Prestel is the publisher for art lovers, designers and those with an eye for beauty - young and old alike, Prestel appeals to all those with a passion for visual culture.

Book information

ISBN: 9783791349206
Publisher: Prestel
Imprint: Prestel
Pub date:
DEWEY: 709
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 175
Weight: 1066g
Height: 266mm
Width: 212mm
Spine width: 21mm