The New Art of the Fifteenth Century
Faith and Art in Florence and the Netherlands
In her study of ‘the two regions that gave birth to the art of the early Renaissance’, Professor Blum argues that the Netherlands and Florence shared many artistic aims and both achieved a new, realistic depiction of the material world – but in response to social developments rather than classical revival. Through in-depth discussions of works by Claus Sluter, Donatello, Jan van Eyck, Masaccio and Rogier van der Weyden, Blum shows how their innovations were used in the promotion of traditional Christian content.
A Civilization and its Writing
Most of the glyphs carved on the stone monuments of the ancient Maya civilization have now been deciphered. This handbook presents around 200 of the script’s symbolic characters, each with an interpretation of the concept that it expresses. The glyphs are arranged thematically to show what the Maya’s written records reveal about their lives and beliefs, their vigesimal number system and the complex organization of their solar and ritual calendars.
The Art of Things
Product Design Since 1945
New materials, new manufacturing techniques and a new consumer society drove rapid change in product design after the Second World War. The American dream home of the 1940s and 1950s led the way, with iconic designs in cars, furniture and everyday items emerging from Europe and Japan as prosperity grew. With over 700 illustrations, this book identifies key developments, exploring such milestones as Charles Eames' chairs, the Mini, the Sony Walkman and the iPhone. Slipcased.
Volume the Second
In Her Own Hand
Austen’s second notebook contains some of her funniest pieces, including the epistolary stories ‘Love and Friendship’ and ‘Lesley Castle’, a young lady’s guide to behaving badly, and her hilarious parody ‘The History of England’, illustrated with watercolour portraits by her sister Cassandra.
Turkish Art and Architecture
From the Seljuks to the Ottomans
Turks first arrived in the Anatolian peninsula in 1071, when the Seljuks, a nomadic people from Central Asia, defeated the Byzantine forces at Manzikert. The empires that they and their successors, the Ottomans, built straddled East and West, and created a new architectural idiom that drew on Graeco-Roman, Persian and Islamic sources. Stunningly illustrated with more than 250 colour photographs, this volume charts the 1,000-year development of Turkish architecture, alongside that of decorative arts such as manuscripts, carpets, ceramics and metalwork.
The Lure of Gold
An Artistic and Cultural History
From the dazzling treasures of the tombs of ancient Egypt to the refined style of later 20th-century design, the allure of gold, with its scarcity, its unfailing aesthetic brilliance and its unequalled malleability, has played a significant part in mankind's cultural, social, economic and artistic history. Each chapter in this generously illustrated study is devoted to a particular epoch, explaining where people of that time found gold, how they mined, refined and worked it, and the part it played in shaping their society.