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Neil MacGregor

Autor(a) de A History of the World in 100 Objects

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About the Author

Robert Neil MacGregor, OM, FSA (born on June 16, 1946, in Glasgow, Scotland) is an art historian and museum director. He was the Editor of the Burlington Magazine from 1981 to 1987, the Director of the National Gallery, London, from 1987 to 2002, and was appointed Director of the British Museum in mostrar mais 2002. He has presented three television series on art and the radio series A History of the World in 100 Objects, which aired in 2010. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Neil MacGregor

A History of the World in 100 Objects (2010) 2,307 exemplares
Germany: Memories of a Nation (2014) 564 exemplares
Britain's Paintings (2003) 21 exemplares
Making Masterpieces (1997) 14 exemplares
The Greek Myths: Origins of the gods (2008) — Prefácio — 9 exemplares

Associated Works

The Rosetta Stone (1999) — Prefácio, algumas edições206 exemplares
The Image of Christ (2000) — Introdução — 164 exemplares
A New World: England's First View of America (2007) — Director's Foreword — 103 exemplares
Masterpieces of the British Museum (2009) — Prefácio — 96 exemplares
Holbein's Ambassadors (Making & Meaning) (1997) — Prefácio — 65 exemplares
Edvard Munch: The Frieze of Life (1974) — Prefácio — 62 exemplares
Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam (2012) — Prefácio — 41 exemplares
Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia (2013) — Prefácio — 25 exemplares
Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830 (2005) — Prefácio — 20 exemplares
Indigenous Australia: Enduring civilisations (2015) — Director's Foreword — 16 exemplares
The Begram Hoard: Indian Ivories from Afghanistan (2011) — Introdução — 15 exemplares
Treasures from the World's Cultures: The British Museum after 250 Years (1991) — Prefácio, algumas edições4 exemplares
National Trust magazine, Autumn 2022 (2022) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


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A great nightstand book. Can't sleep, there are many short chapters but be careful this book can become addictive.
Huba.Library | 41 outras críticas | Jan 31, 2024 |
Strangely, I liked his previous book (World in 100 artifacts or something) far more.
Den85 | 19 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |

A lovely book, based on a BBC Radio series of the same name, lavishly illustrated (as the radio cannot be) with photographs of art and architecture, and enriched by quotes from commentators who know what they are talking about. Some people like to simply dismiss religion as at best a distraction and at worst a force for conflict and division; MacGregor doesn’t shy away from that side of things, but he goes deep into what religious people are actually doing – symbolism, practice, history, politics. He draws some very interesting parallels between religions separated by continents and centuries.

I found it a very healthy perspective on what is and isn’t unique to each of the main strands of world belief. It’s also a surprisingly light read, despite its length and weight, perhaps because of its origin as radio scripts. Recommended.
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nwhyte | 2 outras críticas | Dec 17, 2023 |
I got to like the 6th object and immediately put it down on reading something like "But why did early humans migrate to new areas? Here's what Michael Palin, who's done a lot of travelling, thinks". I'm just extremely not interested in what some random famous person thinks! Before this you have Rowan Williams saying why a carved mammoth horn is a sign of early humans getting into "the rhythm of life" and claiming that's what religion is all about. An extract of David Attenborough narrating from a TV show about how cool stone axes are. And it's like. Yeah they are but I'd rather the limited space was taken up by some actual info rather than uninformed and uninteresting musings. It's just not my sort of book I guess. I was disappointed at the limited info on each object so far and feeling the author kept loudly telling me how cool each thing is rather than letting it speak for itself.

There was also quite a bit of factual stuff that I at least felt suspicious of. For example, dating the entrance of humans to North America basically exactly to the Clovis culture which was under criticism even at publication and is a few thousands year off for sure. Claiming that there was no migration into North America after that until European arrival, when it's well accepted that the Inuit are descended from another migration thousands of years afterwards and there may possibly have been others.

Idk just didn't feel confident reading further or feel it was a book aimed at me.
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tombomp | 41 outras críticas | Oct 31, 2023 |



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