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The Bird in Art



Caroline Bugler


Merrell 2012
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After an introductory chapter surveying the cultural significance of birds, from prehistoric cave paintings to Picasso's The Dove of Peace (1962), CarAfter an introductory chapter surveying the cultural significance of birds, from prehistoric cave paintings to Picasso's The Dove of Peace (1962), Caroline Bugler's engrossing book explores our multi-faceted relationship to birds in nearly 250 works of art. In nine sections, she discusses depictions of birds in antiquity, in Christian works and in legend, as the hunter and the hunted and as scientific specimen, in assemblies of birds and in domesticity, and in Eastern art and modern art. ...more
 

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Silhouette



Emma Rutherford


Rizzoli 2009
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Silhouette portraits have been around since antiquity, but in the 18th century they became immensely popular, cut from black paper as an amateur pastiSilhouette portraits have been around since antiquity, but in the 18th century they became immensely popular, cut from black paper as an amateur pastime, championed by scientists as a study of physiognomy, and providing mementoes of loved ones in an age before photography. Illustrated with more than 250 examples, many published for the first time, from private, public and royal collections, this beautiful book explores the fascinating techniques and social history of this charming, yet neglected art form. ...more
 

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The Iconography of Islamic Art


Studies in Honor of Robert Hillenbrand

Bernard O'Kane

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Cairo University Press 2005
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Dogs


History. Myth. Art

Catherine Johns


Harvard University Press 2008
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In her 'visual celebration of the ancient relationship between humans and dogs', Catherine Johns begins with a brief account of the domestication of dIn her 'visual celebration of the ancient relationship between humans and dogs', Catherine Johns begins with a brief account of the domestication of dogs since the earliest times and their manifold roles in human society. The main part of the book, 'Dogs Depicted', includes working dogs, companions, jackals, wolves and mythical monsters in works of art from all cultures and in media as diverse as ancient Egyptian gold amulets, ivory netsuke, a painting by Stubbs and a Late Minoan jasper seal. ...more
 

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Buddhist Sculpture in Clay


Early Westerns Himalayan Art, Late 10th to Early 13th Centuries

Christian Lucanits


Serindia 2004
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Based on extensive field research, this is a groundbreaking assessment of the early sculptures from West Tibet and Ladakh - the only known surviving eBased on extensive field research, this is a groundbreaking assessment of the early sculptures from West Tibet and Ladakh - the only known surviving examples that are made in accordance with the sculptural technique described in classical Indian literature. ...more
 

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Audubon


Early Drawings

Jean Audubon; Scott V Edwards


Harvard University Press 2008
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The French-American ornithologist John James Audubon (1785-1851) is celebrated for his illustrations of the birds of his adopted country; but before TThe French-American ornithologist John James Audubon (1785-1851) is celebrated for his illustrations of the birds of his adopted country; but before The Birds of America won him international fame, he sold a number of early works to his friend Edward Harris. Drawing on this collection, now at Harvard, this handsome volume presents 116 paintings of European and American birds, traces Audubon's painstaking acquisition of his craft, and charts the history of this priceless collection. Slip-cased. ...more
 

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The Art of Small Things



John Mack


Harvard University Press 2007
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Showing that small really is beautiful, John Mack celebrates the world's tiniest artworks and the concentrated messages they convey in this delightfulShowing that small really is beautiful, John Mack celebrates the world's tiniest artworks and the concentrated messages they convey in this delightful compendium of wondrous, esoteric and sometimes weird miniatures from around the world. The 200 colour illustrations show items ranging from the Lewis chessmen and Roman and Indian engraved gemstones to modern shrunken heads and a Japanese engraving which fits 1,000 characters of miniature writing into an area of just one square inch....more
 

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Velazquez



Leah Kharibian


The National Gallery 2006
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JMW Turner


Brief Lives

Peter Ackroyd


Vintage 2006
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JMW Turner (1775-1851) was the most admired and derided painter of his time. Working in every form of painting, he fearlessly experimented with light JMW Turner (1775-1851) was the most admired and derided painter of his time. Working in every form of painting, he fearlessly experimented with light and colour to the point where his last canvases bordered on the abstract. Considered taciturn and misanthropic, he was in fact a generous, emotional man who grew tired of his fame. Peter Ackroyd's brief, brilliant biography reveals the genius of the artist and the qualities of the man who changed the course of English art. ...more
 

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DANGER! Women Artists at Work



Debra N Mancoff


Merrell 2012
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Art Nouveau


Posters, Illustrations and Fine Art from the Glamorous Fin de Siecle

Rosalind Ormistone; Michael Robinson


Flame Tree 2013
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Lavishly illustrated with around 170 reproductions, this celebration of Art Nouveau is in three parts, looking first at the movement as a whole - a deLavishly illustrated with around 170 reproductions, this celebration of Art Nouveau is in three parts, looking first at the movement as a whole - a design ethos that swept across Europe and America between the late 19th century and the First World War. Part two deals with the graphic arts, including the posters of Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha, while the final section explores the impact of Art Nouveau in the fine arts, discussing artists from Paul Gauguin to Gustav Klimt. ...more
 

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Art Deco


The Golden Age of Graphic Art and Illustration

Michael Robinson; Rosalind Ormiston


Flame Tree 2013
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Beginning with an exploration of the ideas and influences that contributed to the exuberant new style of the 1920s, this illustrated survey covers theBeginning with an exploration of the ideas and influences that contributed to the exuberant new style of the 1920s, this illustrated survey covers the two areas in which Art Deco triumphed: fashion and advertising. It looks at the work of artists such as Tamara de Lempica, Erte, Rene Lalique and Georges Barbier in fashion, and AM Cassandre and Paul Colin in advertising, but also describes the media in which they worked and the social context of their extraordinary graphics. ...more
 

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European Influences on Celtic Art


Patrons and Artists

Lloyd Laing


Four Courts 2010
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The Celtic art that flourished from the Iron Age to the 12th century is immediately recognisable and widely admired. Yet speculation persists about itThe Celtic art that flourished from the Iron Age to the 12th century is immediately recognisable and widely admired. Yet speculation persists about its origins, influences and symbolism. This study discusses how the imagery, ornament and production techniques found in jewellery, stone carving and manuscript illumination were drawn from classical Greece and Rome, Frankish Gaul, the Eastern Mediterranean and Viking Scandinavia. It also assesses the impact of Christianity and the role of powerful patrons in shaping these art forms. ...more
 

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Van Gogh


The Life

Steven Naifeh; Gregory White Smith


Profile 2011
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This magisterial, meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers of Jackson Pollock is the definitThis magisterial, meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers of Jackson Pollock is the definitive account of Van Gogh's life and work. With the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum, they follow the painter's difficult childhood and early hints of mental illness to the incandescent burst of creativity that changed the course of Western art. Granted access to previously untapped material, they also shed new light on the artist's troubled romantic life and mysterious death. ...more
 

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A Face to the World


On Self-Portraits

Laura Cumming


Harper 2010
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