The Accomplished Lady
A History of Genteel Pursuits c. 1660–1860
Drawing on a broad range of sources, including contemporary diaries, letters and periodicals, this richly illustrated social history examines the pastimes of upper-class women within the context of the highly restrictive patriarchal society in which they lived. Covering pursuits such as painting, embroidery, feather work and photography, the author also considers how other aspects of the female experience, notably education, marital status and domestic responsibilities, influenced their creative output.
London in the Company of Painters
London has fascinated painters for centuries, and central to that appeal has been the Thames. The 158 paintings in this book follow the river from Whistler’s Chelsea in the west to Turner’s Greenwich in the east, accompanied by an introductory text for each area and extensive captions giving historical context. Along the way are Monet’s Houses of Parliament, Lowry’s Piccadilly Circus, and St Paul’s, depicted both in 18th-century splendour by Canaletto and amid the ruins of the Blitz by David Bomberg.
The Jewish World
100 Treasures of Art and Culture
The Magnes Collection was founded in Berkeley, California, in 1962 and dedicated, in the words of its director, Alla Efimova, to ‘salvaging the floating remnants of the post-Holocaust Jewish world’. This volume, reflecting Dr Efimova’s personal view of the museum’s global mission and the range of artefacts within the collection, includes ritual objects and manuscripts from far-flung Jewish communities, past and present, and paintings, photographs and ephemera that represent the history of Californian congregations since the gold rush era.
How Do We Look, The Eye of Faith
In How Do We Look, Mary Beard explores how the human body was portrayed in the earliest art, including the colossal Olmec heads of Central America, Egyptian pharaohs, Chinese warriors and Praxiteles’ Aphrodite in ancient Greece. In Part Two, The Eye of Faith she visits Buddhist temples, Christian art and architecture, and Islamic mosques and calligraphy to explore the relationship between art and religion and the endeavour to make the divine visible.
The Pursuit of Immortality
Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals
Portrait medals, which commemorate individuals through a combination of likeness, imagery and text, were an important artistic innovation of the Renaissance. Ng presents fine examples, ranging from the 15th to 19th century, which are now in one of the world’s most significant private collections. She traces the art form’s origins and development, discussing the techniques used across Europe to make medals and the personal and political purposes for which they were produced.
Masterpieces from the Städel Museum
Frankfurt’s Städel Museum has a world-class collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. This chronological selection reproduces 250 works, mostly paintings, by Old Masters including Fra Angelico, Botticelli and Holbein, leading Impressionists such as Manet, Monet and Renoir, and the pioneering Modernists Matisse, Picasso and Chagall. The result is not only a catalogue of a major collection, but an overview of 700 years of art history.
Crossing the Channel
British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism
During the period between the restoration of the French monarchy at the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837, hostility in politics between Britain and France gave way to mutual admiration in the arts. This magnificent catalogue of a 2003 exhibition at Tate Britain deals mainly with painting and brings together works by major figures such as Constable, Delacroix, Turner and Vernet to explore how artists from each country influenced their counterparts on the other side of the Channel.
Art and Culture in Times of Conflict
At Museum Leuven in 2014, the exhibition entitled Ravaged explored the devastation of art and cultural property, whether by burning, bombing, iconoclasm or looting, and the depiction of that devastation by artists. This accompanying volume reproduces the 78 artworks exhibited but expands on the theme with over 30 illustrated essays on topics ranging from the loss of the Library of Alexandria to the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in 2001.
Wall Calendar 2020
These vibrant landscapes and still lifes by Samuel Peploe, Leslie Hunter, Francis Cadell and William McTaggart are from the National Galleries Scotland. Envelope not included. Please note: the May bank holiday has been moved since 2020 calendars were printed; each calendar contains an addendum slip with information on the new holiday.
On the Seven Deadly Sins
Drawing on his experience in politics, former MP Kenneth Baker examines how the Seven Deadly Sins have been depicted in art and literature through the ages. Using excerpts from plays, poetry and fiction, he discusses the sins, reflects on their continuing presence in today’s more secular society, and concludes that life would be banal and unchallenging without them. The extensive illustrations include works by old masters such as Botticelli and Bosch, press photographs, and cartoons by Gillray, Rowlandson, Bateman, Peter Brookes and Dave Brown.
Art, Artisans and Apprentices
Apprentice Painters and Sculptors in the Early Modern British Tradition
James Ayres’s study of apprentice painters and sculptors in Britain and North America before the foundation of formal art academies in London in 1768 and Philadelphia in 1805, describes the relationship between art and the various trades from which most artists emerged.
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.
The Last Emperor's Collection
Masterpieces of Painting and Calligraphy from the Liaoning Provincial Museum
Comprising several essays and a catalogue of over 40 paintings and works of calligraphy, reproduced on gatefolds where appropriate, this volume accompanied an American exhibition of works on loan from the Liaoning Provincial Museum. The paintings, which represent the most characteristic art forms of Chinese traditional culture, were originally part of the imperial collection from the Qianlong period (1736–95). Text in English and Chinese.
Understanding Architectural Drawings and Historical Visual Sources
In chapters on architectural drawings, maps and mapping conventions, topographical views and other visual sources including models, pattern books, guide books and photographs, a group of architectural and art historians explain the provenance, purpose and terminology of a range of visual sources from the 16th to 20th centuries, and how they can help – and sometimes hinder – an understanding of an original building and its 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.