Rubens and Company
Flemish Drawings from the Scottish National Gallery
Due to their fragility, the prints held by the Scottish National Gallery can only be displayed on rare occasions, and some of those in the Gallery’s 2016 exhibition of Flemish art had never been shown before. Following an introductory essay on the Rubens and van Dyck paintings in the exhibition, this accompanying catalogue reproduces and discusses its 26 prints, many of which are preparatory sketches that offer an insight into studio practice.
Vermeer and Music
The Art of Love and Leisure
Accompanying a National Gallery exhibition in 2013, this study of the significance of music in Dutch painting looks in particular at five paintings by Vermeer, including The Music Lesson (c.1662–3) on loan from the Royal Collection, and another 20 works by his contemporaries. These works by Vermeer and artists such as Jan Steen, Gabriel Metsu and Pieter de Hooch illustrate the important role of music in 17th-century Dutch art and culture.
Scenes depicting everyday life were a notable and innovative feature of the art of 17th-century Holland. This introduction to the period is illustrated with masterpieces from the National Gallery's collection, demonstrating the characteristic use of perspective in paintings such as Peter de Hooch's Courtyard of a House in Delft and virtuoso technique in pictures including Rembrandt's Woman Bathing in a Stream.
Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733–1794)
A Very English Swiss
A versatile painter, whose works included topography, book illustration and social satire, Grimm moved to England at 35 and travelled extensively throughout the country, often showing scenes and sites that had been unrecorded. Over two centuries later, his art offers an insight into the pre-industrialized land, and the 92 images reproduced in this catalogue, which also contains a comprehensive account of his career, include Georgian Bath, a military camp in Hyde Park and depictions of rural life.
Rembrandt by Rembrandt
Over the course of his life Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–69) painted more than a hundred self-portraits ranging from the good-looking young man sporting a military gorget in 1629, through sketches, paintings and appearances in larger subjects – including a single eye in The Night Watch – up to the old artist, portrayed twice in the months before his death. With reproductions of nearly all the self-portraits and commentary by the art historian Pascal Bonafoux, this volume records Rembrandt’s ‘incomparable undertaking’.
Eye of the Beholder
Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing
In the creative hothouse of 17th-century Holland, art and science came together through the new optical technology. This double biography follows the careers of the natural philosopher Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, who peered into a lens to discover microscopic life, and the painter Johannes Vermeer who, just a few houses away in Delft, was using a camera obscura to create detailed original works.
The Seduction of Europe
Casanova (1725–98) was more than a notorious libertine; a connoisseur of literature and the arts, he became part of the elite and travelled widely. Published in conjunction with a major US exhibition, this catalogue places his life in the context of the courts, salons, balls and bordellos he inhabited. More than 180 colour illustrations include work by Canaletto, Fragonard and Hogarth alongside exquisite objets d’art, while 12 essays trace his travels through a Europe on the brink of revolution.
This is Rembrandt
Early success made Rembrandt rich and famous in the booming Amsterdam of the 1630s but his extravagance led to penury in later life. Considered the quintessential ‘old master’ painter today, his unconventional compositions and expressive intensity were groundbreaking in his own time. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context.
This Is Goya
Goya’s life as court painter was turned upside down by Napoleon’s invasion of Spain in 1808 and the artist responded with his drawings, The Disasters of War, employing an expressive and personal approach that would inspire artists of the next generation and beyond. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context
John Wood 1704–1754
In search of the inspiration behind the work of Bath’s celebrated architect, John Wood the Elder, Kirsten Elliott explores the myths of King Bladud, Stonehenge and Stanton Drew, before taking a ‘virtual walk’ around Bath to examine Wood’s architectural motifs. Slightly off-mint.
Art in Living Craftsmanship
To mark its 80th anniversary in 2017, the Georgian Group organized an exhibition celebrating the craftspeople who maintain key buildings and landscapes. This catalogue presents the 115 exhibitors, all of whom employ time-honoured working methods, and examines the relationship between the national charity and traditional British craftsmanship.
Influence, Infection and the Image of Rome 1700–1870
With reproductions of many unfamiliar works, this book takes a novel approach to artists’ and travellers’ experience of the eternal city between 1700 and 1870: it revisits the history of Rome in terms of the city’s environment and pervasive mal’aria.
The Bauer Brothers
Images of Nature
Franz and Ferdinand Bauer were ground-breaking 18th- and early 19th-century natural history artists. Growing up in Austria, Franz went on to work at Kew Gardens, while Ferdinand travelled to Australia. This volume includes pioneering microscopical drawings depicting plant anatomy, and newly discovered animals, such as the platypus and koala.
Prints and Drawings: Europe 1500–1900
From the Art Gallery of New South Wales
With excellent reproductions of 90 etchings, woodcuts, lithographs and drawings from the collection of European works on paper in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, this volume presents the work of more than 70 artists, from the Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna to Edgar Degas in the late 19th century. The book includes works by many of the great European masters, among them Dürer’s Melencolia (1512) and Little Devil’s Bridge (1809) by Turner, with substantial commentaries on every artist.
The Perfect House
A Journey with the Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio
Few architects have been as influential as Andrea Palladio, whose ideas are embodied in stately buildings across Europe and America. In this fusion of travelogue, architectural guide and historical biography, the acclaimed architectural commentator Witold Rybczynski journeys along the Brenta River in northern Italy to visit Palladio’s surviving villas, and discovers how a rustic stonemason became the most sophisticated architect of the Renaissance.
Artist and Adventurer
One of the leading figures in 18th-century art, the portrait painter Johan Zoffany (1733–1810) was born in Bavaria, but travelled and worked in Germany, Italy, colonial India, and in England, where he settled and where his conversation pieces, theatrical portraiture and portraits of aristocrats and royalty met with great success. This book is the first comprehensive biography of Zoffany and is richly illustrated with reproductions of his paintings, including a number of self-portraits. Slightly off-mint.
Gainsborough's Cottage Doors
An Insight into the Artist's Last Decade
Inspired by the recent identification of a third autograph version of Thomas Gainsborough’s late masterpiece The Cottage Door in the Huntington Art Collections in San Marino, California, this book examines the multiple versions of designs that the artist produced in the 1780s. It demonstrates how, without the pressure of exhibiting annually or finishing commissioned portraits, Gainsborough’s work became more personal and more thoughtful.
While much writing about Constable focuses on his depictions of rural life and his ‘Englishness’, Vaughan’s study looks instead to ‘the sense of passionate observation and daring expression that gives so much excitement to his work’. The book draws extensively on the artist’s own correspondence to provide a fresh understanding of his artistic aims and achievements and reassess his role in the birth of modern art.
Rembrandt and His Time
Masterworks from the Albertina, Vienna
This catalogue accompanied a Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition of 112 works on paper from the Albertina in Vienna - one of the finest collections of graphic art in the world. Although centred on Rembrandt, with reproductions and commentary on 27 works, the catalogue includes drawings by his near contemporaries, including Aelbert Cuyp and Jan Lievens; and covers a great variety of subject matter, with sections on figures, genre and portraiture, landscape and topography.
Masterpieces of Art
Accompanying a selection of Rembrandt's landscape and narrative paintings, self-portraits, etchings and drawings, Susan Grange's illustrated account of this 'artistic giant of the Dutch golden age' discusses topics including 17th-century artistic practice and royal patronage as well as Rembrandt's domestic and financial circumstances and his legacy to art.
Regarding Thomas Rowlandson 1757–1827
His Life, Art & Acquaintance
Along with his contemporary Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827) was the greatest graphic satirist of Georgian England, whose scurrilous cartoons mercilessly lampooned the follies of his age and its rulers. Yet he kept no diary and wrote few letters, so little is known about him. Drawing on newspapers, church records and other contemporary accounts, this fully illustrated study sheds new light on Rowlandson's family background, artistic training and professional associations, his travels in Britain and abroad, and his friendships.