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Durieux, Christian. An Enchantment: The Louvre Collection.

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Durieux, Christian. An Enchantment: The Louvre Collection. NBM, 2013. 72p. $19.99. 978-1-56163-705-8.

The fifth in the series of graphic novels commissioned by the Louvre, based upon the museum and its collections, this charming work is classified on its cover as "a graphic poem." The story revolves around a museum director whose retirement dinner is being held in the museum. Bored, he purloins a couple of bottles of wine and wanders away. He comes across a young woman sitting on the floor in front of Cimabue's The Virgin and Child in Majesty surrounded by Six Angels. She shows him how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew, and they drift through the museum, carefully avoiding the guards, and pausing here and there to look at certain works of art.

The overall tone is kind of dreamlike, with drawings that are almost hazy and little dialogue. The book concludes with a list of the artworks highlighted in the story, as well as a note from the author about his responses to the pieces he included. This book will probably be enjoyed most by those who are familiar with the paintings in the book, and by those who have been to (or dream of going to) the Louvre.

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Author:Beebe, Marlyn
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2013
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