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The Glasmuseum Hentrich in Dusseldorf's Museum Kunst Palast, one of the world's most wide-ranging glass collection, is the basis for this generously illustrated exploration of glass art from prehistory to the present, written by the collection's longtime director, Helmut Ricke.
Glass was the first man-made material, and nearly every civilization made use of its flexibility, resilience, and variety. Brimming with colorful images from the collection as well as maps and drawings, this book covers all periods of glassmaking from pre-Roman, Roman, Islamic, Mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque times, the 19th century and up to the 1990s. It includes stunning examples of enameled and cut glass, as well as elaborate works from Persia, India and China, all of which influenced the Art Noveau period, widely considered the heyday of decorative glass. A detailed appendix provides background information on the mechanics of glass, including smelting, refining, and manufacturing. A valuable resource for anyone interested in this ancient medium, this magnificent catalog highlights a world-famous collection of glass art.
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Ricke studied art history, history, and archaeology in Gottingen and Heidelbert. He has worked at the Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf since 1972, serving as director of the collections from 1995 to the present, and has been director of the Glasmuseum Hentrich since 1990.
Helmut Ricke currently resides in Dusseldorf. Helmut Ricke was born in 1943.
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Glass Art, Reflections of the Centuries by H. Ricke, Prestel Nov 26, 2007
Terrific guide through centuries of glass making from its infancy to the 1990's. Loaded with great photos. Recommendable to both collectors of glass and people just looking for a different kind of coffee table book.