The Art of Rockefeller Center

The Art of Rockefeller Center

by Christine Roussel


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The definitive full-color art guide to a New York City landmark visited by 75 million people each year.

From the beginning John D. Rockefeller incorporated art into his plans for Rockefeller Center in New York City, commissioning pieces meant to inspire the viewer with idealism, work ethics, and religion. Over one hundred major works embellish the twenty-two acre complex, making the center the world's largest indoor/outdoor urban museum. The artists include such noted figures as Gaston Lachaise, Lee Lowrie, Paul Manship, Carl Milles, Isamu Noguchi, Diego Rivera, and William Zorach. This book is the first comprehensive review of their work. Each chapter investigates a single building, illustrated with both historic and dramatic new photographs. Also included are explanations of the themes, myths, and allegories. The book provides a color-coded map of the buildings in the center and a biographical index of the contributing artists. The Art of Rockefeller Center is a treat for the art lover and anyone who has ever marveled at this great American icon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393060829
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/24/2005
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Christine Roussel, former director of the reproductions studio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and founder of the monument restoration company C. Roussel Inc., lives in New York City.

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LancelotNY More than 1 year ago
As a lifelong New Yorker who has even worked in the area, I was amazed at how much I learned. The photplates are beutiful, and the explanations on the allegories of the figures and the the artists were most informative.