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.
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 & 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.
The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson
Portly squires and foppish dandies, Jane-Austenesque heroines and their grotesque chaperones, dashing young officers and corrupt politicians… Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827) skewered the follies and vices of his age better than any satirist since Hogarth. This catalogue brings together 100 of his scabrous engravings, largely from the Royal Collections. Mercilessly lampooning King George III, his troublesome offspring, and politicians such as William Pitt, they form a rogues’ gallery of Georgian England, and remain an inspiration to cartoonists today.
Themes and Variations
Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) earned his living and his fame through portraiture, but enjoyed and valued painting landscape above the ‘curs’d face business’. Published to accompany the first exhibition devoted solely to his landscape paintings and drawings, and illustrated with 35 finished works and 23 drawings and variations, this volume reveals the themes to which Gainsborough returned again and again, among them the ‘modesty of nature’, ‘quietness and ease’ and evening light.
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.
Princeley Treasures 1600–1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum holds one of the world’s greatest collections of decorative art from the princely courts of 17th- and 18th-century Europe. Lavishly illustrated with superb new photography, this magnificent volume presents 80 exquisitely crafted artefacts in an eclectic range of media, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, metalwork, furniture, ceramics, glass and textiles. Each object is contextualized in one of five thematic sections highlighting various aspects of courtly life: patronage, war, religion, interior decoration and personal adornment.
Rembrandt is renowned as a painter, but also excelled as a printmaker. This volume demonstrates how he used the medium not only to reproduce his paintings for a wider audience, but to create original works of art that pushed engraving to its limits. Drawing on the superb collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, it groups some 130 works by Rembrandt, his predecessors and followers in chapters focusing on portraiture, daily life, landscape, mythology and religion.
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.
Pewter objects were indispensable in Scottish homes and churches for 350 years, though due to the metal’s recyclability, few artefacts from this period survive. Pewter-makers’ records, however, provide details of the material and the culture that surrounded production. This thoroughly researched guide includes a short history of pewter in Scotland, information on how objects were produced, the pewterers, their markings, and a photographic catalogue of pewter plates, tankards and measures.
The Skating Minister
The Story Behind the Painting
Henry Raeburn's painting of his friend the Reverend Robert Walker skating on a frozen loch is widely known and loved. This book tells the story behind the painting, and in so doing illuminates both an episode in Scottish history and an aspect of the history of Scottish painting. It explores the relationship between artist and subject, the times they lived in and the reasons why this intimate portrait has acquired such iconic status.
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.
at the Wallace Collection
Antoine Watteau (1684–1721) was one of the greatest and most influential painters and draughtsmen of the 18th century, renowned for his fetes galantes woodland scenes. In this study, the eight Watteau paintings in the Wallace Collection are discussed alongside works from other galleries, including drawings from the British Museum collections and paintings by Watteau's contemporaries.
Boucher and Chardin
Masters of Modern Manners
Presenting paintings, drawings and artefacts from the Wallace Collection and the Hunterian Art Gallery, the exhibition that this catalogue accompanied centred on two paintings: Chardin's Lady Taking Tea (1735) and Boucher's Woman on a Daybed (1743). Three essays explore these glimpses of 18th-century domestic life, while the catalogue describes and illustrates the 28 exhibits, including contemporary paintings and drawings on similar, intimate themes, furniture, china and various items associated with tea.
Earlier British Paintings
In the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House
More than 300 paintings by British artists born before 1770, including Gainsborough, Hogarth, Hilliard, Kneller and Stubbs, are featured in this catalogue raisonné of the renowned collection of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and Sudley House. The author – a former Curator of British Art at National Museums Liverpool – weaves an eloquent path through the history of collecting and taste as he describes each one. All are reproduced in black and white; a selection of the best are also printed in colour.
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.