The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

by RichardVerdi (Author)


The Barber Institute of Fine Arts boasts a magnificent collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures and objets dart, all of which have been acquired by purchase since the late 1930s. Founded in 1932 by Dame Martha Constance Hattie Barber for the study and encouragement of art and music in memory of her husband Sir Henry William Barber, a wealthy Birmingham property developer and solicitor, the proviso was to purchase works of art of that standard and quality required by the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection. The result is one of the finest small picture galleries in the world and the most representative collection of Western art assembled in Britain in the twentieth century. Completely revised and updated, this glorious book presents over fifty of the finest works in the collection, all of which are illustrated in full colour. These date from antiquity to the mid-twentieth century and include masterpieces by many of the greatest names in the history of art, including Bellini, Rubens, Rembrandt and all the major Impressionist painters. Each work is presented chronologically and described by means of an extended caption, which places it within the wider art historical context.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
Edition: illustrated edition
Publisher: Scala Publishers Ltd
Published: 01 Jul 1999

ISBN 10: 1857592204
ISBN 13: 9781857592207