Annibale Carracci's Venus, Adonis & Cupid
This book accompanied an exhibition at the Museo Nacional del Prado which aimed to present the newly cleaned and restored masterpiece by the Bolognese painter Annibale Carracci (1560–1609) and to set the painting in its artistic context. Two further, richly illustrated essays describe the conservation of the work and analyse the way in which Carracci’s painting – his ‘image of beauty’ – is constructed.
In Search of a Masterpiece
An Art Lover's Guide to Great Britain & Ireland
The museums of Britain and Ireland contain an astonishing wealth of great art, by no means all of it in London. In this personal tour, the former Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures leads the reader through the galleries of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The history of each collection is outlined and a selection of its highlights and lesser known gems described. The 273 colour illustrations include masterpieces by Mantegna, Rembrandt, Turner, Monet and Gauguin, among many great artists.
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.
Imperial Silks (2 Volumes)
Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The imperial silks collected by William E Colby in the decades following the overthrow of the Ch’ing in 1912 became the foundation of the Minneapolis collection that now has over 600 examples of Ch’ing dynasty textiles. This magnificent two-volume catalogue describes and illustrates 26 categories of garments and furnishings in chapters on official court attire, ecclesiastical and theatrical costume, unofficial attire, costume accessories, furniture accessories, pictorial hangings, pile carpets and panels. Slipcased.
Chinese Ivory Carvings
The Sir Victor Sassoon Collection
Heir to a banking fortune, Victor Sassoon (1881–1961) assembled one of the world’s most important collections of Chinese ivory carving from his base in Shanghai. This magnificent volume presents 350 artefacts from his collection, now held in trust for the citizens of the UK. Introductory essays explore the acquisition of these exquisite ornaments, figurines, screens and sewing boxes, which range from the 2nd millennium BCE to the 20th century, and place them in their historical and cultural context.
The Hardy Family of Artists
Frederick Daniel, George, Heywood, James and Their Descendants
From James Hardy senior (1801–1879), who painted portrait miniatures in the 1820s, the traditions and skills of painting were handed down through generations of the Hardy family, whose members included some of the leading genre and animal painters of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawing on a collection of unpublished letters, documents and photographs inherited from the artists’ descendants, Kimber Hardy presents the first comprehensive assessment of their work.
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.
St Ives Artist – Man of Vision
Borlase Smart (1881–1947) was a painter who settled in St Ives, Cornwall, after serving in the First World War. There he played a pivotal role in supporting and encouraging the younger artists who arrived over the following years and created the Modernist colony that was to become so influential. This book tells the story of his contributions to the artistic and wider community, as well as exploring the work that made him an accomplished artist in his own right.
... Unto Heaven Will I Ascend
Jacob Epstein's Inspired Years 1930–1959
Following her earlier book on Epstein’s formative years, Raquel Gilboa focuses on the artist’s life and his mature work after 1930: a period in which antisemitism increasingly coloured attitudes to art and culture. Illustrated with over 200 monochrome photographs, the book explores Epstein’s symbolism in the bold, monumental sculptures such as Genesis (1930) and Primeval Gods (1931–2) and smaller works including the magnificent bronze Lucifer (1947).
The most famous man in Europe in the period immediately predating the invention of photography, Arthur Wellesley was the subject of painters, sculptors and miniaturists from the period of his first successes in Iberia in 1809 to his death in 1852 and beyond. This highly illustrated book examines the many portraits of the Duke of Wellington, places them in the context of key events in his life and also provides a catalogue of works by artist, from Goya to Wilkie.
Lucky to be an Artist
Unity Spencer (1930–2017) was the daughter of two artists, Stanley and Hilda Spencer, and a significant painter in her own right. In this memoir, written shortly before her death, she looks back over her unconventional upbringing, her studies at the Slade School of Art, and her subsequent career. Extensively illustrated with her own work, that of her parents, and vintage photographs, it offers a unique glimpse of the artistic life. With a foreword by Jon Snow.
War Artists in Afghanistan
Beyond The Wire
Jules George travelled to Helmand as a war artist in 2010, in the wake of its bloodiest year for British troops. This book reproduces his sketches, watercolours and oil paintings, along with the work of four other artists who documented that conflict. Against the vast beauty of the Afghan landscape, they capture the experience of soldiers on patrol or caught in a firefight. Each artist’s work is accompanied by his or her first-hand account of war in Afghanistan.
June and Alwyn Crawshaw
Their Story, Their Paintings
Great communicators as well as artists, Alwyn Crawshaw, and latterly his wife June, have encouraged millions of people around the world to take up painting as a hobby through their books, videos and television series. This celebration of their work includes a brief biography of the couple and reproductions of over 130 of their popular paintings, in both oil and watercolour, ranging from June's studies of flowers and animals to Alwyn's atmospheric landscapes in the UK and abroad.
Mondrian and His Studios
Colour in Space
Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) developed his abstract geometrical idiom in dialogue with the spaces that surrounded him, from urban architecture to the interiors of his studios. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at Tate Liverpool, this book reproduces 44 of his paintings in colour, alongside vintage photographs. Essays by noted Mondrian scholars, original texts by the artist and contemporary descriptions of his working spaces reveal the aesthetic philosophy that gave rise to his distinctive, instantly recognizable style.
Masterpieces of Art
In this volume from the attractive Masterpieces of Art series, Susie Hodge presents a concise introduction to the British painter, designer, wood-engraver and war artist Eric Ravilious (1903-42), followed by around 90 full-page reproductions. Among the works shown are colour lithographs of shops from High Street (1938), idiosyncratic landscapes, including The Westbury Horse and a selection of war art, ending with the watercolour painting, Runway Perspective.
An Alphabet of London
This beautiful and unusual book contains more than 200 linocuts, many in colour, celebrating the landmarks of London and distinctive life of the city. From A for Queen Anne's Alcove in Kensington Gardens - not to mention Abbey Road - to Z for London Zoo, via Shakespeare's Globe, Hampton Court and the Old Vic. In the final chapter, the artist explains the fascinating - yet very accessible - process by which he created the linocuts.
Art Deco Fashion
Masterpieces of Art
After an account of the Art Deco style, its fashion designers and artists, and the lifestyle and look of the women who wore the clothes, Gordon Kerr presents a gallery of over 100 of the movement's best illustrations. The reproductions include fashion plates and other artworks by artists such as Georges Barbier, Tamara de Lempicka and, of course, Erte (Romain de Tirtoff). Masterpieces of Art series.
In this volume, illustrated with Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini’s sinuous, dramatic line drawings, master storyteller John Jackson retells the ancient Hindu tales of the Mahadevas – the Great Gods. The three parts, devoted to Brahma the Creator, Shiva the Destroyer and Vishnu the Preserver, form an epic backdrop against which the adventures of Ganesha, Parvati, Gopala and a host of other deities and their avatars are played out.
The Erotic Sentiment
In the Paintings of India & Nepal
Since ancient times, Oriental cultures have viewed lovemaking as one of the highest forms of spiritual and artistic expression. Great artists illustrated exquisite erotic manuals known as pillow-books to instruct newlyweds in the art of love. This book reproduces 65 of the finest of these paintings, with an introduction, explanatory commentary and translations from authentic Tantric writings. Sexually explicit.
Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster: Volume One
Public Sculpture of Britain Volume Fourteen
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association was founded in 1991 to encourage the study and conservation of Britain's public sculpture and commemorative and decorative monuments. The volumes of its National Recording Project provide detailed catalogues of significant sculptures, excluding works in art galleries and museums. Each book comprises an introduction to the region; illustrated entries on individual works arranged by location; biographies of the artists; and a glossary and index. The first volume on Westminster covers the whole range of commemorative monuments, fountains and free-standing works of art, but excludes sculptures that are integral to buildings.
Public Sculpture of Outer South and West London
Public Sculpture of Britain Volume Thirteen
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association was founded in 1991 to encourage the study and conservation of Britain's public sculpture and commemorative and decorative monuments. The volumes of its National Recording Project provide detailed catalogues of significant sculptures, excluding works in art galleries and museums. Each book comprises an introduction to the region; illustrated entries on individual works arranged by location; biographies of the artists; and a glossary and index. This volume covers eight boroughs – Croydon, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton – and describes over 300 public monuments and sculptures, including works by Jacob Epstein and Eduardo Paolozzi and Grinling Gibbons's work at Hampton Court Palace.
Public Sculpture of Bristol
Public Sculpture of Britain Volume Twelve
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association was founded in 1991 to encourage the study and conservation of Britain's public sculpture and commemorative and decorative monuments. The volumes of its National Recording Project provide detailed catalogues of significant sculptures, excluding works in art galleries and museums. Each book comprises an introduction to the region; illustrated entries on individual works arranged by location; biographies of the artists; and a glossary and index. Among many notable works in the volume for Bristol are Rysbrack's renowned equestrian statue of William III (1736) in Queen Square and Eric Gill's headstone for his friend Abigail Chute in Canford Cemetery.
Public Sculpture of Herefordshire, Shropshire&Worcestershire
Beginning with an essay outlining the distinct features of public sculpture in the area, this fourth volume on the West Midlands covers public sculpture ranging in date from medieval times to 2005 and including church monuments by Roubiliac, Rysbrack, Nollekens, Flaxman and Chantry. The book is arranged alphabetically by location within each of the three counties.
Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside (exc. Liverpool)
Covering an area that has eleven major cities and towns, excluding Liverpool (the subject of Vol 1) this detailed survey covers sculptures ranging from the relatively sparse number of medieval church monuments to W Goscombe John’s magnificent Port Sunlight War Memorial (1921) and Jaume Plensa’s Dream (2008–9) at the former Sutton Manor Colliery. The entries are arranged alphabetically by location.
Korean Buddhist Sculpture
Art and Truth
In this authoritative collection of seven essays, the former chief curator of the National Museum of Korea considers iconographical, stylistic and philosophical aspects of Korea’s Buddhist sculptural masterpieces, as well as the correspondence between truth and beauty in the nation’s religious art. Beginning with an essay on the history of Korean Buddhist sculpture, Woobang examines the Seokguram cave temple, the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok, and two ‘Pensive Image’ sculptures housed in the National Museum.
The Chapel of St John the Baptist in the Church of São Roque
The Commission, The Building, The Collections
Commissioned by King John V of Portugal, the Chapel of St John the Baptist was built in Rome in 1747 before being dismantled and shipped to Lisbon, where it was reassembled in the church of São Roque. This comprehensive survey incorporates new research into the extraordinary circumstances of its design and construction, while its generous selection of colour photographs showcases the chapel’s architecture, statuary, metalwork and mosaics, alongside its rich collections of silverware, fabrics and antiquarian books.
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.
Make a Joyful Noise
Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral
Luca della Robbia’s fine Cantoria – an organ loft and singers’ gallery – was installed in Florence Cathedral in 1438, opposite a similar structure by Donatello. The essays in this beautifully illustrated volume present analysis of details from the Cantoria’s carved reliefs depicting musicians, as well as research into the organs and choirbooks that were once used in the gallery. A postscript describes how this Renaissance masterpiece has been displayed in its new context at the Museo dell’Opera.
Paintings in the Iveagh Bequest
Housed in Kenwood, London's 'finest country residence', the Iveagh Bequest is a superb art collection formed by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, between 1887 and 1891 and comprising old master paintings by artists including Vermeer, Van Dyck, Boucher, Gainsborough and Reynolds. This catalogue of the Bequest presents 102 paintings, with reproductions and commentaries illustrated with details, sketches and related works. There are also essays on Kenwood, Lord Iveagh's role as a collector and an introduction to the collection.
Missing Artworks of the Twentieth Century
Over the past century, many important works of modern art have disappeared through war, theft, disaster or carelessness. Based on the award-winning online exhibition The Gallery of Lost Art , this thought-provoking book tells the stories behind 40 lost pieces, from Epstein’s 1908 BMA sculptures to the present. Featuring work by Kandinsky, Miró, Bacon, Beuys, Duchamp, Kahlo, Whiteread and others, it examines the way loss has silently shaped art history, and how transience has become an accepted feature of contemporary practice.
Albert von Keller and the Occult
A founding member of the Munich Secession, the Swiss-born artist Albert von Keller (1844–1920) was highly regarded in both Europe and America, a flamboyant figure known for his fascination with the occult. This handsome exhibition catalogue surveys his lifelong search for new techniques and visual forms to describe shifting, uncertain states of being. It covers the key works and themes of his career, in two long essays illustrated with full-page reproductions of these sometimes unsettling paintings.
The Visual World of French Theory
In the 1960s and 1970s, there were remarkable encounters between the most prominent French philosophers and contemporary artists, particularly members of the Narrative Figuration movement. Passages from critical texts arising from those encounters serve as the focus in each chapter of this illustrated study, which explores, among others, the meetings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Robert Lapoujade; Louis Althusser and Lucio Fanti; and Jacques Derrida and Valerio Adami.
Animal Prints from the British Museum
A rampaging elephant, a giant fish, an amorous goat and a monstrous pig are some of the fabled creatures featured in this collection of British Museum prints from the 15th to the early 19th century. The prints, which include woodcuts, engravings and etchings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Goya, Stubbs and Bewick, are accompanied by insightful commentary on the history and symbolism of the depicted beasts.
The Sketchbook of 1824
Samuel Palmer (1805–1881) was the most visionary English artist of his day. Sadly, most of his notebooks were destroyed by his son, who thought them too revealing of his inner turmoil. This beautiful edition reproduces one of the few survivors in its original size and format, with an introduction and page-by-page commentary. Filled with sketches of sublime brilliance, it offers a unique insight into Palmer’s artistic and spiritual struggles.
The Artists of Northumbria
Marshall Hall's illustrated biographical dictionary has long been the standard reference work on the painters, sculptors, draughtsmen and women, printmakers, stained-glass artists, illustrators and caricaturists of Northumberland, Durham, Cleveland and Tyne and Wear. This updated and greatly enlarged edition now includes well over 1,000 artists, including, for the first time, those born between 1900 and 1950. In addition to the biographies, Hall's introduction discusses the broad trends of artistic endeavour in the north east.
The creative relationship between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson may be little known, but it is a remarkable story. They became close friends in the 1930s, working in neighbouring studios in Hampstead, and were leading forces in the development of abstract and avant-garde art. This book accompanied a 2012 exhibition and brings together an extraordinary group of paintings and reliefs from both artists, together with archival material, to consider their parallel paths.
George Smart the Tailor of Frant
Artist in Cloth & Velvet Figures
Using off-cuts from his tailoring fabrics, George Smart created works now recognized as folk art. Exhibited at Tate Britain in 2014, this subsequent publication showcases 70 of Smart’s artworks, and pieces together a biography of the artist’s scantly recorded life.
Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure
In 1963, Andy Warhol and friends embarked on a road-trip from New York to LA. This lively account of their journey through the underbelly of the USA, meeting rednecks, beach bums and artists, captures a formative moment in both Warhol’s career and Sixties culture. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
The Street of Wonderful Possibilities
Whistler, Wilde & Sargent in Tite Street
From the late 1870s, when Tite Street, Chelsea was home to a Bohemian avant-garde of artists and writers, to 1950, when Augustus John left his studio at No 33, Devon Cox traces the artistic and cultural history of the street and its residents. As well as Oscar Wilde, Whistler and John Singer Sargent, Cox’s illustrated study examines the lives and work of artists including Frank Miles, Walter Sickert, Romaine Brooks and the architect of their houses and studios, EW Godwin.
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.
Since its opening in 2000, Tate Modern has become one of the world's most visited museums of modern art and has helped transform the way art is presented and how audiences experience it. This book offers a full account and appreciation of the collections and displays, with six essays, including contributions from Nicholas Serota and Andrew Marr, and an A–Z of over 150 artists, with commentary and reproductions of their work and additional entries on art movements and concepts.
Lucian Freud Portraits
Portraits were central to the work of Lucian Freud (1922–2011), and he described his approach to his sitters as ‘trying to relay something of who they are as a physical and emotional presence. I want the paint to work as flesh does’. In 2012, a major retrospective exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery surveyed Freud’s portraits, from 1941 to 2011. This catalogue presents reproductions of the 130 works exhibited, accompanied by essays, an interview with the artist and an illustrated chronology.
Art as Therapy
The modern world thinks of art as something very important, yet many people leave galleries feeling confused. What is art for? This book proposes that it has a therapeutic purpose, and can help us overcome our doubts and inadequacies. Illustrated with hundreds of full-colour reproductions of works of art from all eras, it identifies seven areas – remembering, hope, sorrow, rebalancing, self-understanding, growth and appreciation – in which art can help us come to terms with our feelings.Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Artists in Britain Since 1945
This updated and considerably extended edition of David Buckman's classic reference work contains thousands of revisions and approximately 4,000 new biographies - including many of young, cutting- edge artists deploying the newest technologies - bringing the total number of entries to around 14,500. The A-Z listing covers painters, sculptors, printmakers, mural painters and performance, installation and video artists and is meticulously researched, drawing on information supplied by the artists themselves as well as other primary source materials.
(And How to Break Them)
What constitutes modern art and what makes it good or bad is a mystery to many, but this box set proposes a practical new method of exploring the subject. Alongside a concise introduction to the concepts of art is a set of 42 cards, each displaying a contemporary artwork with accompanying text that explains how the example 'works' and suggests how you might make a similar work yourself and explore the concept from the inside.
British and Irish Art 1945–1951
From War to Festival
After the Second World War, according to received opinion, control of the art world passed from rich individuals to state-run bodies. This groundbreaking study demolishes that idea. Its detailed analysis of letters, committee minutes and newspaper reports demonstrates how an Oxbridge elite retained power in the new institutions. Illustrated with works by Francis Bacon, Jack Yeats, Lucian Freud, Graham Sutherland and others, it shows how artists fought to survive against powerful individuals who could make or break reputations.
In Celebration of Cecil Collins
Visionary Artist and Educator
Influenced by German Expressionism and Far Eastern art, the paintings of Cecil Collins (1908–89) radiate ‘that secret life which is very deep in us and is in danger of being destroyed by the modern world’. This volume celebrates his life and work through the memories of his friends, students and contemporaries. Alongside reproductions of his work, it includes an interview with his wife, the sculptor Elisabeth Ramsden, and a talk the artist gave at the Tate in 1981.