Art and Architecture
As the former capital of a vast empire, Vienna has some of the most magnificent architecture and richly endowed galleries and museums in Europe. The essays and articles in this volume, illustrated with colour photographs on every page, offer a comprehensive view of the city’s cultural treasures, from the splendours of the Baroque to the artistic ferment of the Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte, and set them in the context of Vienna’s political and social history.
Anatomy Drawing School
In meticulous duotone illustrations by the Hungarian draughtsman András Szunyoghy, this reference guide for artists – and veterinarians – shows the skeletons and musculature of the five types of animal most commonly encountered in art: the horse, dog, cat, pig and cow. The 350 annotated drawings include studies of limbs, joints and movement patterns, details of heads, and facial features as well as whole body views.
Monasteries and Monastic Orders
2000 Years of Christian Art and Culture
The history and culture of Europe have been shaped by monasticism, which has left a rich legacy of religious art and architecture. This magnificent volume charts the history of monasticism from late antiquity through its peak in the Middle Ages to the present day. Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs, paintings and illuminated manuscripts, the book describes the traditions, regulations and daily life of the different orders, profiles famous abbots and abbesses, and celebrates the continuing appeal of the contemplative life.
1483–1520 Masters of Italian Art
After training in his father’s studio and with Perugino in Urbino, Raphaello Santi (1483–1520), known as Raphael, became spectacularly successful, with commissions from Popes and great European art patrons, and his appointment as chief architect of St Peter’s in Rome. Reproducing over 140 studies, portraits, paintings and frescos, this detailed study traces Raphael’s career, examining some of the most celebrated works of the Italian Renaissance.
1395–1455 Masters of Italian Art
Fra Giovanni da Fiesole, or Fra Angelico (c.1395–1455), was a Dominican friar who remained pious and true to his order despite his fame as a painter and the patronage of Popes. Gabriele Bartz presents a detailed and lavishly illustrated commentary on his work as it evolved from the innovations of the early Renaissance, to late projects such as the Cappella Nicolina frescos in the Vatican.
1471–1528 Masters of German Art
Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) was the first artist north of the Alps to engage with the ideas of the Italian Renaissance and gain acceptance for innovations such as naturalism and self-portraiture in his work. Illustrated with 138 reproductions of his paintings, drawings and prints, this is a detailed study of arguably the most important artist of the Northern Renaissance.
1571–1610 Masters of Italian Art
Eberhard König begins this study of the life and art of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610) by examining the paintings, particularly the Borghese David and Goliath, that may or may not include self-portraits. The book goes on to trace the career of an artist ‘who flouts all the conventions of his age’ and presents 116 reproductions and details of his paintings.
1523/30–1569 Masters of Netherlandish Art
From early drawings, such as Big Fish Eats Little Fish, to the last works, including the portrait of The Old Peasant Woman, Vöhringer presents a detailed study of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525/30–1569), examining the visual language of the paintings, whose other-worldly subjects are presented within the landscape of the Flemish peasant. Illustrated with 141 reproductions.
Gift Wrap French Flowers
These books contain wrapping papers that are well-printed, semi-gloss reproductions of period fabric designs: paisley motifs from 19th-century Scotland; traditional American quilt designs; French ‘Fauve' birds and butterflies from the 1920s, lush floral designs, and intricate floral patterns from provincial France. Each book contains 10 folded sheets of 10 different designs(50x70cm) and information on their artistic context. Text in English, French and German.
This richly illustrated volume from the Art Pocket series offers a concise introduction to the Gothic period and its defining characteristics, with chapters on architecture, sculpture and painting in the various regions of medieval Europe and features on master masons and craftsmen, the medieval monastery, Dante's Divine Comedy, urban culture and courtly love. Indexed.
Palazzi of Rome
Splendor and Pride
After discussing in general the Roman nobility's desire to build ever more sumptuous houses, the urban setting of the palazzi and their lavish interior decoration, the authors describe the history and architecture of 30 of Rome's finest examples. Massimo Listri's outstanding colour photographs of the buildings include details of their interiors and artworks, and there are reproductions of masterpieces such as Raphael's La Fornarina in Palazzo Barberini and Caravaggio's Rest on the Flight into Egypt in Palazzo Doria Pamphilj.
Gift Wrap: Paisley
A simple way to make your gift wrapping a work of art is to use paper designed by an artist. This book contains wrapping papers that are well-printed, semi-gloss reproductions of variations of the paisley pattern that were designed in 19th-century France and Scotland, and sport the distinctive teardrop motif. With introductions to the patterns' artistic context in English, German and French; and 10 folded sheets of 10 different designs (50x70cm).
Homes on the Move
This fascinating and original book explores everything from tents to the eternally popular caravans and campers, with beautiful colour images and detailed information. It is a must have for all those who succumb to the appeal of mobile accommodation, but also for those who design and construct homes on wheels, as an essential source of reference.