Running from now until September 2009, The Louvre and the Masterpiece brings select objects from Paris’ keynote arts institution to the High Museum in Atlanta. The exhibition explores how taste, connoisseurship, and definitions of the “masterpiece” have changed over time. 91 works of art are presented, representing over 4,000 years of creative activity.

To complement the exhibition, the High has produced a great series of books revolving around issues great and small in the Louvre collection. From a museological perspective, this is great. One institution working to dissect the collections of another, and in this case grander, institution. On a less heady (or cynical) level, these books are also wonderful introductions to one of the worlds greatest assemblages of art.

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