"Treasures of the National Gallery of Canada" by David Franklin

Treasures of the National Gallery of Canada David Franklin

Publication date:
11 Oct 2003
Yale University Press
288 pages: 292 x 248mm
135 b-w illus.


This handsomely produced volume, featuring 128 full-page color illustrations, showcases a wide-ranging selection of the most outstanding works from Canada’s largest art museum. Each of the pieces chosen for inclusion is introduced by a curatorial specialist, who sets it in its historical context and comments on its meaning and its place in the artist’s oeuvre.

Pride of place is given to the Gallery’s unparalleled holdings in Canadian art, but European art—paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings—is equally well represented. Masterworks from the Inuit art collection are also included, as well as examples from the Gallery’s small but distinguished Asian collection. In recent decades, photographs have become an increasingly important part of the Gallery’s collecting mandate, both through its own collection and that of its affiliate the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and this emphasis too is amply reflected here.

David Franklin is Deputy Director and Chief Curator, National Gallery of Canada, and author of Painting in Renaissance Florence and Rosso in Italy.

"The beautiful cover reproduction is matched by the large, indeed luscious, images inside."?Niamh O'Laoghaire, University of Toronto Quarterly