Art: Spanish Realist

One of the last Austrian refugees to escape from Nazified Vienna was the Phaidon Press. The most distinguished popular-priced art book publisher in Europe, the Phaidon Press was spirited by the Oxford Press to London which now distributes Phaidon books in the U.S. In the U.S. Phaidon has issued 27 first-rate art books. Last week it added a 28th.

Velazquez ($5.50) is a big book (10½ by 14 in.), solid (four pounds) with 155 reproductions (six in color), a definitive Velazquez catalogue and a scholarly essay on the 17th-Century Spanish master of realism by...

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