Museum Time Guidebooks - Noah Charney
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Museum Time is a series of guidebooks, recently made into a phone app, to the museums of Spain, with editions for Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and the Basque Country.

Museum Time is a series of guidebooks, recently made into a phone app, to the museums of Spain, written by art historian and international best-selling novelist Noah Charney. The first four guides in the series were published by geoPlaneta in 2010, and feature the museums of Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and the Basque Country. The guides are also available in Spanish, under the title of De Museos.

Summary
These guidebooks contain private, personal guided tours of carefully selected artworks in each of the major art museums in cities included. Each artwork is presented with 1-2 pages of text. The information provided is not simply art history and random facts, as with most other guides. The guides are subjective, the personal opinion and ruminations of its author, including the necessary historical information and relevant anecdotes, but with a focus on answering the question: why should I travel to see this artwork? The selections in each museum are also subjective, not necessarily the most famous pieces. For each, the author argues in favor of the artwork being worth the journey, expanding beyond the dry facts to which most guidebooks cling. These books fill a gap in guidebooks, which tend to either just mention a few highlights in each museum, with almost no information about the artworks included, or which are exhaustive catalogues published by the museums themselves, with dozens of works (more than most tourists have patience for), and they cover only the one museum in question. These books attempt to fill this gap, offering readers a personal, entertaining, informative guided tour of all of the museums in the cities they visit in one stylish, concise package.

Summary from the Publisher
The world's great museums hold wondrous treasures, but can sometimes be intimidating. With so much to discover, it can be daunting and somewhat dizzying: an embarrassment of riches for which some gentle guidance might be welcome. The objects themselves, while certainly beautiful, can often be enigmatic. These guides provide friendly, informed assistance in choosing which artworks to see in the greatest art museums of Spain, and also suggests how we might see these works: the peculiarities, inside stories, intriguing anecdotes, and broader lessons about history and art that we can glean from these masterpieces. This book provides a private guided tour, a portable art historian to accompany you on your visits to the museums, and a beautifully-illustrated souvenir to take home with you, as a reminder of your trip.

Content
Each museum in each guide is represented by a selection of artworks—ten works for the most important museums, and as few as one for smaller museums which have one “star attraction” in particular. Each work of art is presented in 1-3 pages of text (400-800 words), just enough to read while standing in front of the painting—much more information than is contained in normal guidebooks and on the wall copy of the museum, but not so much as to be overwhelming. Each guide contains 45-60 selected artworks, each one of which is accompanied by a high-quality color image of the work, so that the books can act both as a guide, in hand, while the reader visits the museums, and also as a souvenir of the visit. Practical information, such as a city map with the museums highlighted, the opening hours of museums, are also included, as are general introductions to the cities involved.

The museums and artworks featured in each guide are as follows:
Museum Time: Madrid
Museo del Prado
1 Velazquez “Las Meninas”
2 Goya “Pilgrimage to San Isidro”
3 Fra Angelico “Annunciation”
4 Van der Weyden “Descent from the Cross”
5 Bosch “Seven Sins”
6 Brueghel “Triumph of Death”
7 Goya “Portrait of the Family of Charles IV”
8 Titian “Bacchanal of the Andrians”
9 Ribera “Ixion”
10 Dürer “Self-Portrait”

Museo Reña Sophia
1 Picasso “Guernica”
2 Fontana “Spatial Conception”
3 Dali “Cubist Self-Portrait”
4 Klein “Victory of Samothrace”
5 Motherwell “Disquieting Presence”
6 Dali “The Great Masturbator”
7 Miro “Man with a Pipe”
8 Kandinsky “Untitled”
9 Picasso “Woman in Blue”
10 Santos “A World”

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
1 Ghirlandaio “Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni”
2 Ribera “Pieta”
3 Flandes “Portrait of an Infanta”
4 Miro “The Lightning Bird Blinded by Moonfire”
5 Petrus Christus “Our Lady of the Dry Tree”
6 Bramantino “Resurrected Christ”
7 Carpaccio “Young Knight in a Landscape”
8 Feininger “The White Man”
9 Magritte “The Key to the Fields”
10 Chagall “Madonna of the Village”

Real Academia de las Bellas Artes de San Fernando
1 Zurbarán “Still Life with Lemons”
2 Pedro de Mena “Madonna Dolorosa”
3 Antonio de Pereda “Dream of a Knight”
4 Giovanni Bellini “Savior”
5 Correggio “Saint Jerome”
6 Van Reymerswaele “Saint Jerome”
7 Murillo “Saint Francis of Assisi”
8 Arcimboldo “Spring”
9 Murillo “Mary Magdalene”
10 Zurbarán “Agnus Dei”

El Escorial
1. Pellegrino Tibaldi “Gathering the Manna”
2. Juan Fernandez de Navarrete “Martyrdom of Saint James”
3. Luca Giordano “Triumph of the Spanish Habsburgs”

Museum Time: Barcelona
Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
1. “Majestat Batllo”
2. Francisco de Zurbarán “Sant Francesc d'Assís segons la visió del papa Nicolau V”
3. Pedro García de Benabarre “Virgin with Four Angels”
4. Pere Nunyes “Doors of the Altarpiece of Saint Eligius of the Silversmiths”
5. Damià Forment “Three Apostles (Dormition of the Virgin)”
6. Ribera “Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew”
7. Sebastia Junyent “Chlorosis”
8. Ignacio Zuloaga “The Seine and Notre Dame de Paris”
9. Picasso “Woman in Hat and Fur Collar (Marie-Thérèse Walter)”
10. Titian “Girl Before a Mirror”

Cathedral of Saint Eulalia
1. Bartolome Bermejo “Pieta with Saint Jerome and Archdeacon Luis Despla”
2. “Christ of Lepanto”
3. Bernat Martorell “Transfiguration”
4. Joan Roig “Foundation of the Order of Mercy” (1685)
5. Lupo di Francesco “Sarcophagus of Saint Eulalia” (1327-1339)

Museu Arqueologic
1. “La Dama de Ibiza”

Museu Picasso
1. Picasso “Self-Portrait”
2. Picasso “Las Meninas”

Fundacion Juan Miro
1. Miro “Flame in Space and Naked Woman”

Palau de Llotja
1. Damya Campeny “Dying Lucretia” (1834)

Museu Frederic Marés
1. Cabinet of Skeleton Keys

Museu d'Historia de Barcelona
1. Jaime Huguet “Altarpiece of Don Pedro of Portugal”

Fundació Antoni Tàpies
1. Antoni Tapies “Barbershop of the Damned and the Living”

Dali Museum (Figueres)
1. Dali “The Image Disappears”
2. Dali and Carlos Alemany “The Royal Heart”
3. Dali “Dali Seen from the Back Painting Gala from the Back Eternalized by Six Virtual
Corneas Provisionally Reflected by Six Real Mirrors”
4. Antonio Pitxot “Figures of the Allegory of Memory”
5. Dali “Galatea of the Spheres”

Museum Time: Seville
Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla
1. Gaspar Núñz Delgado “The Head of John the Baptist”
2. Valeriano Domínguez Bécquer “Portrait of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer”
3. Murillo “Virgin of the Kerchief”
4. Francisco Gutiérrez “The Burning of Troy” & “Joseph in Heliopolis”
5. Javier de Winthuysen Losada “Self-Portrait”
6. Guillaume Benson “Virgin and Child”
7. Gonzalo Bilbao Martínez “Interior of a Tobacco Factory”
8. Goya “Portrait of Canonigo Jose Duaso”
9. Zurbarán “Saint Hugo in the Refectory”
10. El Greco “Portrait of Jorge Manuel Theotocopulos”

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo
1. Louise Bourgeois “Celda (Arc of Hysteria)”
2. Javier Velasco “Lágrimas sacras”
3. Julio Ubiña “Inauguración del Paseo de la Barceloneta”
4. Christo & Jean-Claude “My Cologne Cathedral”
5. Cristina Iglesias “Vegetal Habitation III”
6. Robert Motherwell “Lament for Lorca”

Museo Arqueológico de Sevilla
1. “Anthropomorphic Idol of Valencina”
2. “Bust of Alexander the Great”
3. “Mercury” & “Venus” & “Trajan of Italica”
4. “Visigothic Altar”

Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Sede
1. Pieter Kempeneer “Altarpiece of the Purification” and “Descent from the Cross”
2. Pieter Dancart “Altarpiece”
3. Arturo Melida “Tomb of Columbus”
4. Luis de Vargas “Allegory of the Immaculate Conception”

La Caridad
1. Juan de Valdés Leal “In Ictu Oculi” & “Finis Gloriae Mundi”

Alcázar
1. Alejo Fernández “Virgin of the Navigators”

Casa de Pilatos
1. Ribera “The Bearded Woman”
2. Luca Giordano “The Miraculous Healing of Godfrey of Bouillon”
3. Salvator Rosa “Hagar and Ishmael in the Desert”
4. El Greco “Saint Francis in Prayer”

Museum Time: The Basque Country
Bilbao
Guggenheim Bilbao
1. Richard Serra “The Matter of Time”
2. Frank Gehry
3. Julian Schnabel “Spain”
4. Salvador Dali “Lobster Phone”
5. Jeff Koons “Puppy”
6. Yves Klein “Fire Fountain”
7. Koldobika Jauregi “Siege I”
8. Andy Warhol “One-Hundred and Fifty Colored Marilyns”
9. Joseph Bueys “Lightning with Stag in its Glare”
10. Louise Bourgeois “Maman”

San Anton Church
1. Guiot Beaugrant “Altarpiece of Piety”

Bilbao Museo de las Bellas Artes
1. Eduardo Chillida “Trembling Irons II”
2. El Greco “Annunciation”
3. Ribera “Saint Sebastian Tended by Holy Women”
4. Francis Bacon “Lying Figure in Mirror” 1971
5. Ignacio Zuloaga “Portrait of the Countess Mathieu de Noailles”

Vitoria-Gasteiz
ARTIUM: Center for Contemporary Basque Art
1. Elena de Rivero “The Lovers (Elena & Rrrose)”

Museo de la Armeria
1. “Relics from the Battle of Vitoria”

Museo Fournier de Naipes
1. “La Baraja Española”

Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro de Vitoria
1. Alonso Cano “Immaculate Conception”

Alava Museum of Fine Arts
1. Hugo van der Goes “Descent from the Cross”

San Sebastian
Museo San Telmo
1. Josep Maria Sert “Basque Life Frescoes”

Museo Diocesano de San Sebastian
1. El Greco “Stigmata of Saint Francis”

Critical Reception
The Museum Time series has met with significant acclaim, particularly in Spain and other Spanish-language nations, which comprise the primary target market for the publisher, geoPlaneta, an imprint of Spain’s largest publishing house company, Planeta. A book release event was held at Madrid’s Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in March, 2010, and the director of the museum, Guillermo Solana, praised the series, saying that “Noah Charney represents an important bridge between museums and the general public.” The books are available throughout Spain, in bookstores, online, and museum shops, and the books are also available in selected locations outside of Spain.
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