Collecting for a New World
Treasures of the Early Americas
The clashes that occurred when Europeans first encountered the New World’s indigenous population are discussed in the collection of early American treasures in Washington’s Library of Congress. In addition to describing 60 of the items, curator John W Hessler traces their previous ownership to reveal the extent to which private collectors have aided the preservation of human history.
The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany
Known for his intricate and vibrantly coloured leaded glasswork, Tiffany received numerous ecclesiastical commissions. Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Richard H Driehaus Museum in Chicago in 2019–20, this illustrated catalogue focuses on eleven windows produced in his studios from 1880–1925, considering them in terms of their craftsmanship as well as looking at the broader story behind their creation.
Walk this Way
Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes
Known for his use of unique materials and his creation of bespoke shoes for Oscar nominees, the American designer Stuart Weitzman has, over the years, acquired an impressive assortment of antique footwear. Illustrated with photographs from this collection, the costume and textile historian Edward Maeder explores the impact of twentieth-century design and culture on the evolution of women's shoes from 1870-1980.
Vermeer's Mistress and Maid
Vermeer’s Mistress and Maid (1666–68) was purchased by the American steel magnate Henry Clay Frick in 1919 and is now one of the most important paintings in the Frick Collection, New York. Handsomely illustrated with reproductions of works by Vermeer and his contemporaries, this volume looks at the painting of the maid handing a letter to her mistress from two perspectives, with an art historical essay by Margaret Iacono and an appreciation by the film director James Ivory.
The New York Years
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this catalogue analyses the ideas and visual material that influenced Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991) during the early 20th century, when he was living in New York. Carmen Ramos’s text juxtaposes many of his iconic works with those of his contemporaries, including Matisse and Picasso, and considers his role in the city’s transformation into a leading centre for avant-garde art.
Art of Violence
The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, the mythological violence of Apollo and Marsyas – Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652) is renowned for such images of suffering. He left his native Spain for Italy, was familiar with the Italian masters and his admiration for Caravaggio is evident in the realism and the drama of light and shade in his work. Discussing his paintings, drawings and works by contemporaries, this study looks in depth at Ribera’s art of violence and pain.
Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
Based on 40 years of research, this well illustrated volume offers insights into the life and career of Gouthière (1732–1813), and a definitive catalogue raisonné of his work. Credited with inventing matt gilding, he secured clients including the Duke of Aumont and Madame Du Barry and was held in such esteem that hundreds of items were attributed to him, yet he fell into obscurity and this is the first major study of him for over a century.
Geology in European and American Art
During the late 18th and 19th centuries, art and scientific observation converged as geologists and artists shared a fascination with the Earth’s topography. Accompanying an American exhibition, this catalogue explores that moment of interdisciplinary engagement through commentary and reproductions of 52 paintings and drawings, including works such as Joseph Wright of Derby’s Entrance to the Dove Holes, Derbyshire (1773), Henry Moore’s Mer de Glace (1856), and Legendary England: Tintagel (1882) by the American artist William Trost Richards.
The Orléans Collection
To mark the tricentennial of the founding of New Orleans, an exhibition explored the celebrated art collection of the city’s namesake, Philippe II, duc d’Orléans (1674–1723), regent of France and a discerning patron of the arts. Published to accompany the exhibition, this magnificent volume offers essays on Philippe as collector and his collection as well as essays and commentaries on 36 representative works, including masterpieces by Poussin, Veronese, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Guido Reni. Includes a summary catalogue of the Orléans collection.
A Visual History of Frankenstein
Mary Shelley’s horror story has inspired numerous adaptations since its publication in 1818. Designed to accompany an exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, this book provides a rich visual record of the ways her creation has been represented over the past two centuries. After exploring the novel’s background in the Gothic tradition, it examines the early stage adaptations, book illustrations, the classic film starring Boris Karloff, and more recent cinematic versions.
Holbein's Sir Thomas More
This was the first book in the Frick Diptych series in which each volume focuses on a single masterpiece from the Frick Collection in New York. The painting under scrutiny is Hans Holbein the Younger’s famous portrait of Sir Thomas More (1527), and Xavier Saloman’s in-depth account discusses both artist and sitter, their relationship and their historical context. The book includes ‘A letter to Thomas More, Knight’, a contribution from the historical novelist Hilary Mantel.
The Black Figure
In the European Imaginary
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Florida in 2017, this study explores European approaches to race and gender during the 18th and 19th centuries and the relationship between European artists and the ‘expressive possibilities of blackness’. The exhibits, 31 very varied portraits, include famous figures such as Anne Zingha and Alexandre Dumas as well as anonymous slaves in America and people of colonial Africa.
Into the Undergrowth
Sous-bois (or undergrowth) emerged as a sub-genre of landscape painting in 19th-century French art, typically in the form of a study of tree trunks and the forest floor, or trees with a solitary figure. This exhibition catalogue explores Van Gogh’s contributions through 30 paintings by the artist and his contemporaries and precursors, including Corot, Gauguin and Cézanne. Accompanying essays examine the Barbizon School, Van Gogh’s nature painting and his 1890 canvas, Undergrowth with Two Figures.
Renoir and Friends
Luncheon of the Boating Party
The models for Renoir’s famous painting Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880–1881) were fellow artists, critics, collectors and friends, and this exhibition catalogue takes the picture as a starting point to explore Renoir’s world. The artist’s style and influences are assessed through the work of contemporaries, including Caillebotte, Degas and Manet, and the painting is forensically examined, including X-ray images that reveal hidden details.
Soldier in Art
Growing up in Poland in the early 1900s, Arthur Szyk made his name as a book illustrator and political artist between the wars. He became more widely known for his paintings satirizing the policies and leaders of the Axis powers, produced after he settled in America in 1940. This comprehensive account of his life and work, with over 200 examples of his illustrations, sketches and paintings, examines and decodes his highly detailed compositions.
The Pursuit of Immortality
Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals
Portrait medals, which commemorate individuals through a combination of likeness, imagery and text, were an important artistic innovation of the Renaissance. Ng presents fine examples, ranging from the 15th to 19th century, which are now in one of the world’s most significant private collections. She traces the art form’s origins and development, discussing the techniques used across Europe to make medals and the personal and political purposes for which they were produced.
Pastures Green and Dark Satanic Mills
The British Passion for Landscape
Published to accompany an exhibition at the National Museum of Wales, this catalogue traces the development of landscape painting in Britain from the classicism of the 18th century, through the Romantic Movement to the environmental concerns of today. There are more than 80 plates, including work by Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, Monet and Sisley, and two essays, exploring the response of artists to the Industrial Revolution and the role of the Welsh landscape in British art.
Monet in Giverny
Landscapes of Reflection
With the focus on a select group of twelve paintings, among them Le Bassin des Nymphéas (1904) and Wisteria Number 1 and 2 (1920), this catalogue of an exhibition at Cincinnati Art Museum examines aspects of Monet’s work, including the depiction of water and the sanctuary of Giverny during the First World War, and ends with an article on Monet and his garden written in 1891 by the French art critic Octave Mirbeau.
The Tsar's Painter in America and Paris
Konstantin Makovsky was an influential 19th-century painter associated with the ‘Peredvizhniki’ (Wanderers), an independent group of Russian realists. His best-known works, such as The Russian Bride's Attire, depict a detailed, romanticized view of historical Russia, especially the lives of the aristocracy (or boyars). This book explores his career and the new audience he found in Europe and the United States, where there was a craze for boyar and medieval Russian culture.
The Photographs of Solomon Osagie Alonge
The first official photographer to the royal court of Benin, Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911–1994) took portraits of its obas, or kings, in their regalia, and created a record of ceremonial life. Produced in collaboration between Washington’s Smithsonian Institution and Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments, this book reproduces many of his images, examines their role as a documentary record of an era of change, and explores the practices of early studio photography in West Africa.
Rembrandt's Abraham and the Angels
Painted in 1646 on a panel less than nine inches wide, Rembrandt’s Abraham Entertaining the Angels is a work of intense spirituality. Privately owned, it had a rare public showing at The Frick Collection in New York in 2017. This associated study places the painting as the first of a series of ten depictions of divine intervention in human life. A further 26 illustrations relate it to work by Rembrandt’s predecessors and contemporaries.
Highlights from The Tanenbaum Collection
The Tanenbaum Collection comprises over 200 important 19th-century paintings and sculptures by European artists, including Léon Bonnat, Frank Brangwyn, James Tissot and Henry Raeburn. Celebrating the gift of the collection to the Hamilton Art Gallery in Canada, this catalogue discusses 75 works ranging widely in subject matter and style – from religious paintings by Gustave Doré to Constantin Meunier’s sculpture of The Dockhand. Alison McQueen provides a brief introduction and detailed commentaries.
British Ceramics 1675–1825
The Mint Museum is located in North Carolina, but its Delhom collection includes early British stoneware, earthenware and 18th-century porcelain. The 200 pieces in this publication have been selected for their particular qualities, catalogued with detailed descriptions alongside colour photographs and categorized by production material. As well as a wide range of tableware, with examples of cauliflower ware, more unusual pieces include ceramic busts of famous 18th-century faces, figurines, pickle stands, potpourri vases, candlesticks and a wall pocket.
Louis C Tiffany and the Art of Devotion
Although better known for their stained-glass windows, Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Tiffany Studios created entire interior designs for many of America's leading congregations – Protestant, Catholic and Jewish – providing mosaics, floors and lighting in addition to objects such as altarpieces, pulpits, candlesticks, headstones, vestments and jewellery. Focusing on their church decorations and memorials, this lavish exhibition catalogue reproduces preliminary cartoons and sketches as well as archive photographs of finished pieces, many never before published.