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.
Changing Local Cultures in the Northeast of India
The Naga tribes, long feared as headhunters by their neighbours, inhabit the south-eastern foothills of the Himalayas. This volume, comprising interviews, pictorial essays and chapters by Naga and Western authors, surveys the tribes’ society, their unique material culture (from architecture to bodily ornaments) and their oral traditions of story and song. Excerpts from 19th- and 20th-century anthropological research illustrate how Nagas’ identity has changed as a result of British colonial rule and the long struggle for autonomy following Indian independence.
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 Intelligence of Tradition in Rajput Court Painting
Why did Rajastani court artists make the formal choices that characterize their tradition? In this series of in-depth studies, each illustrated with numerous reproductions of rare paintings, Aitken shows how traditional formal devices served as vital components of narrative meaning, expressions of social unity and sources of intellectual play; and she explores the relevance of Rajput court painting to contemporary art.
Making Sense of Buddhist Art & Architecture
This guide to Buddhist architecture and iconography, from caves, pagodas, stupas and temples, to carvings, illustrations, mandalas and statues, interprets the forms and symbolism of 100 key historic sites and artworks with reference to the beliefs and narratives of the religion. Illustrated with full-page colour photography, each entry includes precise dates, dimensions and materials used, with a spiritual quotation and a sidebar indicating related works.
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
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.
Bosch. Brueghel. Rubens. Rembrandt
Masterpieces of the Albertina
Hieronymous Bosch, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Rubens and Rembrandt – the art of these masters makes up the heart of the extraordinary collection of Netherlandish drawings at the Albertina in Vienna. With five essays, commentary and reproductions of 156 drawings, including works by the 'big four' and many other artists, this catalogue spans two centuries and tells the story of the emancipation of drawing from its subservient role as a painter's tool to work of art in its own right.
Pets in Portraits
First published in 1998 as The Face in the Corner, this charming book is about the various animals that feature in paintings in the National Portrait Gallery, and their owners. It provides some unusual insights into the special bond between the sitters and their faithful companions, whether they are aristocrats and royalty with their dogs, society beauties with gorgeous cats or Anna Pavlova with her tame swan Jack. With a new introduction by Chris Packham.