European Masterpieces 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.
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.
Posters of the Cold War
No sooner had the Second World War ended than the governments of the victorious powers were promoting their ideology (and the folly of the alternative) to their peoples and beyond. This collection of posters, many by leading artists, ranges from propaganda regarding the reshaping of Europe on either side of the Iron Curtain, and responses to the nuclear threat, to a selection of cinema posters for films encouraging a partisan reading of the political situation.
Representing the Domestic Interior Since the Renaissance
With contributions from 31 art and design historians, this richly illustrated volume surveys changing representations of domestic interiors and discusses the meanings ascribed to them in Europe and North America over time. The essays explore key issues through subjects ranging from the interior settings of the birth of the Virgin in 15th-century painting to television ‘make-over’ shows today; while short, illustrated features look at ways of interior image-making including Renaissance prints, inventories and photography.
The Surreal Body
Fetish and Fashion
Manipulated, fetishized and strangely transmogrified, the representation of the female body was a common thread in the work of the early Surrealists such as Salvador Dali and Man Ray, and swiftly spilled over into the world of fashion. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the V&A, this stylish and lavishly illustrated book shows how Surrealist ideas gained general currency, whether in the collections of Elsa Schiaparelli and Meret Oppenheim, or in advertising, film, photography and ballet.