Art and Architecture
As the former capital of a vast empire, Vienna has some of the most magnificent architecture and richly endowed galleries and museums in Europe. The essays and articles in this volume, illustrated with colour photographs on every page, offer a comprehensive view of the city’s cultural treasures, from the splendours of the Baroque to the artistic ferment of the Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte, and set them in the context of Vienna’s political and social history.
Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish
Posable models or lay figures have for centuries been a fixture in artists' studios, particularly used by classical painters to arrange drapery. Through a series of illustrated essays, this book, published to accompany the exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, analyses how the artist's tool developed currency as a subject in its own right and explores the meaning and symbolism of mannequins in the work of artists from 17th-century Dutch masters to Jake and Dinos Chapman.
Life, Art and Civilisation
The youngest ever Director of the National Gallery, Kenneth Clark inspired a generation to appreciate the beauty of art and architecture through his groundbreaking TV series Civilisation. Yet his urbane, erudite public image concealed a troubled private life. Nominated Book of the Year by the Sunday Times, the Spectator, the Economist and the New York Times, this biography perceptively analyses the emotional and intellectual contradictions of a complex and charismatic figure.
The Artist's Studio
Accompanying an exhibition at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, and edited by the curator, this book offers a series of essays on artists’ workspaces from the late 16th century to the present; the squalor of some studios, notably that of Francis Bacon; their location; and studio space today – all richly illustrated with paintings, drawings and photographs.
Soane's Favourite Subject
The Story of Dulwich Picture Gallery
The world’s first purpose-built public art gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery opened in 1811 to house a collection of old masters assembled for the deposed king of Poland. Since then, John Soane’s revolutionary building, which incorporates the mausoleum of its founders, has proved vastly influential. This book tells the story of its creation, includes a chronological catalogue of historic images of the gallery, including the original architectural drawings, and charts the modifications it has undergone over the succeeding two centuries.
The Honour and Grandeur
Regalia, Gold and Silver at the Mansion House
Henry V's victory at the Battle of Agincourt had been largely funded by the City of London and in gratitude he presented the Lord Mayor with the Crystal Sceptre, which has remained part of the treasures of the office ever since. This book examines the city's regalia and gold and silver collection, much of it photographed here for the first time, including important items of the finest craftsmanship from the 15th century to the present day.
A pioneering woman in the arts and one of the founding artists of American modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1987) made her debut at Alfred Stieglitz’ 291 gallery in New York in 1916. A century later, Tate Modern celebrated her work with a major exhibition and this lavishly illustrated study of her life and work. Accompanying over 300 reproductions, six essays cover the whole span of O’Keeffe’s art, from the early ‘artistic dialogue’ with Stieglitz to the abstract landscapes of her late work.
Tiles and Tilework of Europe
This handsome, lavishly illustrated volume charts the production and use of ceramics in architecture and interior decoration from the Middle Ages to the present. Drawing on the rich collection of London’s V&A, the book discusses different traditions and techniques, from the encaustic tiles of the Gothic era through Dutch Delftware to the lively, inventive work of Duncan Grant, while the influence of the Islamic world is shown in the tiles of Moorish Spain and Victorian England.
Published to accompany a 2012 exhibition of traditional and contemporary African art, this volume brings together 20 essays, by leading scholars and artists, which explore how creativity and artistic practice are linked to African concepts of the universe. They celebrate Africa’s often overlooked contributions to the history of science and explain how cosmological models and the careful observation of celestial bodies lie at the core of the continent’s creation myths, moral values and cultural heritage.
The Artistic Ape
Three Million Years of Art
In 1967 Desmond Morris published The Naked Ape, his pioneering study of human behaviour patterns; now he brings his expertise as a surrealist painter to a history of ‘the complex activity that we refer to as art’. Looking back to the earliest known visual art, he uncovers the biological roots of the human species’ artistic impulses, compares pictures made by non-human animals and examines how traditions around the world have reflected art’s evolution from prehistoric times to the present.
My Dear BB...
The Letters of Bernard Berenson and Kenneth Clark, 1925–1959
In 1925, Kenneth Clark, then 22, met the legendary art critic Bernard Berenson in Italy. Both were talented letter writers – informative, spontaneous and gossipy – and their correspondence continued until Berenson’s death, aged 94, in 1959. Published in full for the first time, the letters chart Berenson’s role as mentor to Clark’s burgeoning career, and are packed with fascinating reflections on friends and family, travel, politics, books read and written, art and life.
Pablo Picasso: To Color In
The Master of Modern Art
Suitable for both paints and pencils, this large-format colouring book reproduces 20 key works, and allows you to combine relaxation and learning as you study the originals and imitate the artists techniques. Includes advise on how to approach colouring, a biography and detailed commentary on each artwork, putting it in the context of the artist's life and career.
The Commedia dell'Arte and Porcelain Sculpture
Since the Renaissance, the characters of the Commedia dell'Arte - Harlequin, Columbine, Scaramouche and the rest - have inspired plays, paintings, engravings and porcelain. Based on some of the world's most important collections, including Toronto's Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, this engaging, magnificently illustrated survey showcases 150 exquisite figures from leading manufacturers including the celebrated works at Meissen. It explains the hidden meaning of these mysterious characters, and how a bawdy form of street theatre became an elegant courtly entertainment.
An Illustrated Handbook
Much of Britain's architectural heritage was fashioned not by architects but by jobbing builders, using methods passed down through the generations. Extensively illustrated with photographs, maps, plans and elevations, this lucid guide explains the historical development and regional variations of vernacular architecture. It explores the various building types – from manor houses to cottages, farms to industrial premises – construction methods and materials, and decorative details, while the appendices explain how to research the subject, make detailed records and carry out surveys. Slightly Off-mint
Gods and Heroes
Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Founded in the 17th century, the École is one of Europe's greatest cultural institutions, and has had a profound impact on Western visual culture. It has also amassed an extraordinary collection of art, by its students and masters such as Leonardo, Raphael, Poussin and Rembrandt. In three essays and more than 200 catalogue entries, this book tells the story of both the school and those whose drawings, sculptures and paintings it holds, including leading French artists such as David, Fragonard and Ingres.
Sexuality in Western Art
Edward Lucie-Smith's study of the role of sexuality and sexual symbolism in Western art is in two sections: the first traces sexuality in art historically, from the prehistoric 'Venus' of Willendorf to Tom Wesselmann's Great American Nude (1967); part two looks at symbols and subject matter, including the female nude, the sexual act and deviations. First published in 1972.
The Museum of Mysteries
Art's Best-Kept Secrets
In the caves of Lascaux, 15,000 years separate us from the meaning of the Well Scene; the identity of Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring is steeped in mystery; secret symbols and signs in Poussin's Et in Arcadia Ego continue to baffle art historians; and Banksy's Self-Portrait gets us no nearer to knowing who the artist is. These are among the 36 famously enigmatic works of art investigated in this 'Museum' of coded messages, ambiguities and elusive meanings.
The Last Days of Pompeii
Decadence. Apocalypse. Resurrection
'The most famously dead of all ancient cities, yet the one that comes most vividly alive to us today', Pompeii has provided a metaphor for artists to explore the concerns of their own day ever since its rediscovery in the 18th century. This volume, which accompanied an exhibition at the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, explores the legacy of Pompeii in 92 works that range from 18th-century recreations of Roman murals to paintings by artists including Dali, Rothko and Warhol.
Treasures of the Black Death
During the Black Death, Jews in what is now Germany were made scapegoats and attacked in pogroms. They fled, some burying their most precious possessions, hoping to return. The 'treasures' of this exhibition catalogue are two such hoards of wedding rings, jewellery, gold and silver tablewares and coins. They are described and illustrated, along with essays on the Colmar and Erfurt hoards and their cultural context.
A Capital View
The Art of Edinburgh: One Hundred Artworks from the City Collection
Since the mid-18th century, Edinburgh's City Council has amassed over 4,500 artworks in a variety of media – including drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and tapestry – and the collection, which focuses on Scottish art, continues to grow. In this handsome volume, Popiel presents reproductions and detailed commentaries on a selection of 100 works which depict Edinburgh and its inhabitants, from a 'prospect' of the city by John Abraham Slezer (c.1650–1717) to David Annand's statue of Robert Fergusson (2004).
The Painted Facades of Florence
From the Fifteenth to the Twentieth Century
The facades of the great palazzos of 15th- to 17th-century Florence were once splendid with animated and colourful painted and sgrafittoed decoration. Richly illustrated with photographs by Antonio Quattrone, this volume catalogues the surviving examples, examining in detail the composition and iconography of the painted buildings. In Part II, Pecchioli presents the first study devoted to the recovery of the painted city in the neo-Renaissance revivals of 19th- and early 20th-century Florence.
The Art Book
A fresh approach to art, this bestselling A–Z guide to the greatest painters, sculptors and photographers, from medieval times to the present day, is in its second, expanded edition with over 100 new works. From the performance artist Marina Abramović, to Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664), over 570 artists are represented, each with a page devoted to a single, exemplary work, accompanied by an illuminating text on the piece and its creator.
Portraits by 40 Great Artists
Juliet Heslewood, art historian and author, brings together a compelling collection of 40 artists' self-portraits, and tells the story behind each one. Commenting on full-page reproductions of works, from Roger Van der Weyden's Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin (c.1435-40) to Jenny Saville's Branded (1992), Heslewood provides a fascinating combination of art history and biographical anecdote.
The Chronology of Pattern
Pattern in Art from Lotus Flower to Flower Power
A richly illustrated sourcebook, this journey through 3,000 years of pattern styles reveals geographical and cultural contrasts and connections from late Bronze Age metalwork motifs to 21st-century fashion design. Including a visual timeline, analyses of elements of pattern, biographies of the great innovators and examples from textiles, paintings, mosaics, engravings and architecture from around the world, the book provides an inspirational design resource and an expert guide to the history and development of pattern in art.
Although less popular than the Lake District or the Scottish Highlands as a subject for the Romantics, Dartmoor was visited by notable British painters, including JMW Turner and Thomas Girtin, paving the way for national and local artists to respond to one of Britain's greatest beauty spots. This survey of Dartmoor art includes examples of the work and brief biographies of painters, illustrators and photographers, from the pioneers of the 18th century to the artists of today.