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.
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.
Modern Masters Series
Francis Bacon’s commitment to the human form set him apart from his contemporaries; but recent revival of interest in figurative art has made his work more relevant than ever. With over 100 reproductions, detailed and insightful commentary, and a selection of the artist’s statements, this book provides a concise and informative introduction to the work of one of the most important painters of the 20th century. Abbeville Modern Masters series.
Wonders of the Indian Wilderness
The tracts of wilderness in India offer an amazing diversity of habitats and bio-diversity of flora and fauna, but these areas are shrinking and their wildlife is endangered. This magnificent book, the result of 30 years visiting and recording the Indian wilderness, is a call for its preservation. A wildlife photographer and conservationist, Bharucha presents over 2,000 photographs, with his own informative text, in two parts: the flora and fauna; and the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Slip-cased.
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.
80 Years of the Oscar
The Official History of the Academy Awards
At the first Oscars night in 1929, twelve Academy Awards were presented in front of an audience of about 270. Since then the film industry has grown enormously, and the awards and the ceremony have grown with it. Tracing that development year by year, this official history draws on the Academy's historical and photographic archives to review the first eight decades of the Oscars and provide detailed listings of the nominees and winners in every category.