Jirô TaniguchiThe Louvre Collection:
GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE
Acclaimed manga artist Jiro Taniguchi provides the latest entry in the
Louvre collection of graphic novels. After a group trip to Europe, a
Japanese artist stops in Paris alone, intent on visiting the museums of the
capital. But, bedridden in his hotel room with fever, he faces the absolute
solitude of one suffering in a foreign land, deprived of any immediate or
familiar recourse. When the fever breaks somewhat, he sets out on his visit
and promptly gets lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre. Very soon, he
discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a museum in a journey
oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to
speak with famous painters from various periods of history, led to
crossroads between human and personal history by... the Guardians of the
"Very polished and inviting."
- Andrew 'Capt. Comics' Smith, Tribune News Service
"Recommended! The emotions of its central character are deeply felt."
-School Library Connection
"Exuberant and enlightening, atmospheric and accessible. Anyone with an interest in classical art will find the purchase well rewarded."
-Slings and Arrows
"Taniguchi's engagement with the Louvre's classics offers a unique meeting of classical western art with contemporary Japanese manga, and the result is a beautiful, atmospheric work that engages the imagination and touches the soul."
"Gorgeously illustrated and masterfully told, Taniguchi's deeply personal journey through the Louvre's rich history is both educational and enlightening. Guardians of the Louvrereveals as much about the artist as it does its subject, a quality that allows it to resonate not only with fellow artists but anyone who's ever known one."
"A visual spectacle of intricate details and stupendous imagery."
"Readers willing to go along for an unusual ride will find themselves on a voyeuristic trip that illuminates the complex relationship between art and
"Taniguchi's entry in this long-running series of graphic novels commissioned by the Louvre veers between fantasy and introspection to explore the meaning of art in our lives."
-Publishers Weekly Top Ten Graphic Novel for Spring '16
"Caught my eye."
-Brigid Alverson, Robot 6, Comic Book Resources
Right to left reading manga-style.
8 x 11, 136pp., full color hardcover, $24.99
Buy the e-book: $9.99