If the Paintings Could Talk


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Michael Wilson; With a foreword by Andrew Marr

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If the Paintings Could Talk reveals the hidden histories of paintings in the National Gallery, London. With a treasury of fascinating facts, discoveries, and tales, this book describes the flight a work took down a mountainside and the portrait that appeared in a James Bond film, among many other entertaining events and stories. An engaging, accessible, and highly original gallery guide that cross-references entries throughout, the book provides a unique tour of this remarkable collection.

Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press

Michael Wilson is former head of Exhibitions and Display at the National Gallery, London, and author of numerous books on 18th- and 19th-century French art.

"Packed with interest, this work is a rarity: an art book that will be read."-  Christopher Hirst, Independent, 23rd January 2009

“Michael Wilson breathes new life into our understanding of the nation’s finest collection of paintings and will make us all look at works of art difference. Lovers of art and culture will relish this.” - Bill Spence, Gazette and Herald (Ryedale and Scarborough)

ISBN: 9781857094251
Publication Date: February 17, 2009
Publishing Partner: Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press
176 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
168 color illus.