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.
Treasures from the Royal Archives
Since 1914, the Round Tower at Windsor Castle has housed the Royal Archives, a vast collection of royal correspondence and memorabilia ranging from Elizabeth I’s household accounts to the present queen’s 100th birthday message to the Queen Mother. Published to mark the Archive’s 100th year at Windsor, this volume presents reproductions and transcripts of handwritten letters, journal entries and other documents, including Victoria’s letter to Florence Nightingale in Crimea and Winston Churchill’s letter to George VI, written in January 1941.
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.
Painted Women and Cosmetic Art
Focusing on women’s faces, real and ideal, as depicted in art, Professor Ribeiro's study examines shifting perceptions of female beauty during the period from the Renaissance to 1940, and explores the concept and reality of applied beauty – the face enhanced by cosmetics. After an introduction surveying ideals of beauty throughout history, the in-depth discussion is accompanied by over 220 photographs and reproductions ranging from Bellini’s Young Woman at her Toilette (1525) to Sir James Gunn’s portrait of Pauline Waiting (1939).