The Collection of the Museum für Lackkunst
The collection of Russian lacquer held by the Museum für Lackkunst in Münster is the most significant of its kind outside Russia. Following an essay on the development of Russian lacquerwork, this illustrated catalogue introduces the items in the Museum’s collection, from the snuffboxes produced in the early nineteenth century, through the innovations of the Lukutin manufactory, to the Palekh school that emerged in the 1920s.
German Paintings at the National Gallery
In this concise, illustrated study, Caroline Bugler discusses a range of German paintings in the National Gallery collection, including the famous Ambassadors by Holbein and Lucas Cranach’s Cupid Complaining to Venus, as she explores a thread that runs through German painting: ‘a singular – even strange – beauty’ in art that can encompass the darker aspects of the human psyche.
Introducing one group of these tiny African sculptures from the collection of John and Nicole Dintenfass, the art historian Bérénice Geoffroy-Schnieter writes of the ‘challenge of the minute, the intimate, the secret’. Beautifully photographed and accompanied by essays on African art forms and the psychology of collecting, the 130 works presented here include effigies, miniature masks, weaving tools, and statuettes whose purpose was to cure and restore the world’s balance.
Islamic Art and Architecture
Timeline History of
Richly illustrated with over 800 images, many showing objects from the prestigious Khalili Collection, this overview of Islamic art ranges from the 7th century to the present day and from Spain to China. Following the comprehensive timeline, a foldout map locating the main cultural sites of the Islamic world and a survey of the major dynasties are detailed histories of 14 artforms including architecture, jewellery and calligraphy, with examples of early Hijazi script.
The Arts of Intimacy
Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture
In a well-illustrated study of ‘the lost memory of Castile’, the authors explore the dynamic intermingling of Arabic, Hebrew and Latin elements in medieval Castilian visual and literary culture. The book includes a chronology, genealogies and an extensive bibliographic essay on sources and readings.
The Glory of Saint George
Man, Dragon and Death
Saint George and the Dragon have captured the popular imagination for centuries, not least for their capacity to represent human power over adversity. This catalogue to a 2015–17 exhibition about the myth of Saint George, held in the Musée des Arts Contemporains in Hornu, Belgium, surveys drawings, icons, illuminations, paintings and sculpture of the saint, including those by Albrecht Dürer, Lewis Carroll and Andy Warhol, and features seven essays on his cultural legacy.
The Conversation Piece
Scenes of Fashionable Life
Deriving from the secular compositions of Dutch art, the conversation piece – typically an informal scene of a family in conversation or a group engaged in an activity – became highly fashionable in 18th-century England. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, this volume traces the development of the genre and discusses examples from the Royal Collection, including works by Stubbs, Gainsborough, Hogarth and the master of the genre, Jan Zoffany.
The Master's Muse
Artists' Cats and Dogs
Matisse’s dogs dance in a circle, Turner’s dog walks with his master into a vortex of fiery light, while Rachel Whiteread’s dog sits mournfully in front of a cast of his kennel. Thinking about what Marc Chagall’s dog might look like prompted Barratt to begin his paintings and prints of dogs and cats, each executed in the style of the animal’s owner. Altogether there are 99 cat or dog portraits, poking gentle fun at artists from Holbein to Tracy Emin.
English Silver, 1760–1840
The second half of the 18th century saw a revival of the use of classical Greek and Roman shapes and decoration in architecture and in the design of furniture, ceramics and silver. Christopher Hartop’s The Classical Ideal is a richly illustrated catalogue of an exhibition of over 110 exceptional pieces of neo-classical silver at Koopman Rare Art’s London gallery. It is accompanied by another catalogue illustrating and describing 36 items of fine silver that were for sale in 2010. Slipcased.
The Artists of Northumbria
An Illustrated Dictionary of Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and North East Yorkshire
Marshall Hall's illustrated biographical dictionary has long been the standard reference work on the painters, sculptors, draughtsmen and women, printmakers, stained-glass artists, illustrators and caricaturists of Northumberland, Durham, Cleveland and Tyne and Wear. This updated and greatly enlarged edition now includes well over 1,000 artists, including, for the first time, those born between 1900 and 1950. In addition to the biographies, Hall's introduction discusses the broad trends of artistic endeavour in the north east.