New World View
Inaugurated by the German architect Walter Gropius in 1919, the Bauhaus became one of the most important art and design movements of the early 20th century, extending its influence far beyond architecture. In this lavishly illustrated book, Robinson explores the Bauhaus aesthetic in architecture, furniture and product design, and in the realm of fine art, notably the paintings of Kandinsky and Klee; finally, he looks at how Bauhaus ideals informed work in glass, ceramics and weaving, printing, photography and stage design.
Now in his self-proclaimed 'late period', the veteran pop artist Peter Blake remains as inventive and prolific as ever. In this enchanting book, he revisits a city that first captivated his imagination in the 1950s, embellishing a series of vintage postcards to produce scenes of magical, surreal beauty. The book is introduced by an interview in which the artist describes his lifelong fascination with collage, while each of the 28 images is accompanied by his wry commentary.
Looking to Heaven
The artist Stanley Spencer made several attempts to write an autobiography, but completed none of them. His grandson has combined these fragments with his notebooks, diaries and letters to provide a first-hand account of his life. Illustrated with Spencer’s paintings and drawings alongside period photographs, the resulting narrative records the development of his art and personality from his childhood in Cookham through his training at the Slade to his experiences in the First World War.
Blessed and Beautiful
Picturing the Saints
Many of the great painters of the Renaissance, from Giotto to Michelangelo, depicted the lives and martyrdoms of the saints. But what are we to make of Titian's voluptuous Mary Magdalene or Caravaggio's flagrantly homoerotic John the Baptist with a Ram? Sumptuously illustrated with 136 colour plates, this richly informed, beautifully written and thought-provoking book unlocks the cryptic imagery of these works to demonstrate how the artists treated their subjects as fallible human figures rather than icons of perfection.
The Art of the Pharaohs
Introduced by Zahi Hawass, from Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, and illustrated with magnificent photography by Araldo De Luca, this volume explores the significance, values and evolution of the art of the pharaohs chronologically, from Narmer (c.3100 BCE) to Cleopatra VII (51–30 BCE). The text sketches an historical and artistic profile for each of 34 rulers, including Khafre, Nefertiti and Tutankhamen, revealing how the art practice of ancient Egypt aspired to 'represent an immutable, sanctified reality'. Includes a complete chronology.