Letter and Report on the Discoveries at Herculaneum
In his 1762 Letter (Sendschreiben) and 1764 Report (Nachrichten), the great art historian Winckelmann gave vivid eyewitness accounts of the early excavations at Roman sites on the Bay of Naples that were buried by the eruption of Vesuvius. This volume presents new translations of both texts, alongside contemporary illustrations depicting the finds that Winckelmann discusses. In her extensive introduction and annotations, Carol Mattusch places these letters in the political, cultural and intellectual contexts of modern archaeology’s formative years.
The Nude in Photography
The first photographic nudes of the mid 19th century took their cue from classical sources, but as the medium developed, artists such as Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston developed new ways of looking at the human form. This well-curated survey is drawn from the collection of the J Paul Getty Museum and contains 78 works by artists ranging from Thomas Eakins and Man Ray to Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe.
Spirit into Matter
The Photographs of Edmund Teske
Whatever his subject matter, rubbish bins or the human body, Edmund Teske (1911–1996) used the medium of photography – its film, chemistry, optics and mechanics – to create serious, reflective and often composite works of art. This volume accompanied an exhibition of his photographs at the J Paul Getty Museum in 2004. As well as over 110 illustrations, the book contains Julian Cox’s biographical and critical essay and an interview with Teske’s close friend of 30 years, the artist George Herms.
The Hungarian photographer Lucien Hervé (1910–2007) was an athlete in Hungary and a fashion designer in Paris before turning to photography in 1938. In 1949 he was commissioned to do an article on Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation in Marseille and began the long collaboration with the Modern Movement pioneer which made Hervé the photographer of choice for many architects. In this volume, over 150 photographs – of architectural and other subjects – accompany a biographical and critical essay by Olivier Beer.
Incredible Voyage of Ulysses
On their epic journey home after defeating the Trojans, Ulysses and his men encounter an array of mythical creatures from Cyclops and Sirens to giants and goddesses. Including a list of characters and a map of the locations, this beautifully illustrated graphic novel retells the story in simple, powerful language, capturing the drama and mystery of Ulysses’ ten-year quest. Age 8+
The Fate of Achilles
With clear, poetic language and illustrations reminiscent of the art of ancient Greece, this striking picture book retells the story of Achilles from Homer’s Iliad. Invincible except for one weak spot, Achilles seeks glory in the Trojan War. He is a formidable warrior and the son of a goddess, but as a mortal man he cannot escape his destiny. Age 8+