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.
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.
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.
Masterpieces of World Ceramics
In the Victoria and Albert Museum
The ceramics collections at the V&A are unrivalled in their range, diversity and global reach. Featuring 120 masterpieces, this beautiful book traces developments in world ceramics from ancient times to the present, and shows how worldwide trade and cultural interchange have shaped their histories. Outstanding new photographs reveal an array of stunning pieces, from dramatic Chinese funerary sculpture to exquisitely painted Italian Renaissance pottery and boldly modernist wares.
International Arts and Crafts
The Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was a radical reaction to the effects of industrial manufacture and a call for a return to traditional handicrafts and techniques. Originally accompanying a V&A exhibition, and examining works ranging from book jackets to buildings, this richly illustrated volume comprises 26 essays discussing the spread of Arts and Crafts ideas and how the movement's ideology was manifested in different cultural traditions in America, Europe and Japan.
Medieval and Renaissance Stained Glass
in the Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A's collection of medieval and Renaissance stained and painted glass is the largest and most comprehensive in the world. This selection of the Museum's panels spans the period 1140 to 1540 and shows the technical and artistic advances between the Romanesque and Renaissance eras, while also illuminating the beliefs and images, sacred and secular, of the medieval world. The collection is represented here by 110 plates, including full page details of important pieces, with following commentaries.
Queen Elizabeth II
Portraits by Cecil Beaton
The photographs of the British royal family by Sir Cecil Beaton (1904–80) are among the most widely published portraits of the 20th century and were instrumental in shaping the monarchy's public image. From teenage princess to mother and sovereign, Elizabeth II posed for his camera on numerous occasions. Containing over 50 formal portraits as well as candid behind-the-scenes photographs, and enlivened with anecdotes from Beaton's personal diaries, this book celebrates a unique collaboration.