The King Never Smiles
A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej
When he died, King Bhumibol (1927–2016) was the world’s longest serving monarch, having reigned since 1946. Seen by his people as the living Buddha, he was hailed as the saviour of democracy after a coup in 1991. Subsequently, criticism of his lucrative links to business and the military was firmly suppressed. Defying the ban on investigating the monarchy, this 2006 biography profiles a shrewd political operator who veiled autocracy beneath an egalitarian public image.
Making Renaissance Art
Beginning around the year 1400, this first volume in the series Renaissance Art Reconsidered is concerned with the theory and practice of making art during the Renaissance in Italy and other parts of Europe. In seven well-illustrated chapters, the contributors examine drawing and workshop practices, perspective in painting, sculpture, the making of altarpieces, prints, architecture, and Renaissance writings on art. Published in association with the Open University.
France, the Great War, and a Month that Changed the World Forever
‘In our collective memory’, writes Cabanes, ‘the catastrophes of Verdun and the Somme in 1916 have eclipsed the unprecedented violence of the war’s first month.’ His history of the first weeks of war is told from the perspective of the ordinary men and women, soldiers and civilians of France and evokes the traumas of mobilization, German conquest and occupation, the death toll of battles – 27,000 in one day at Charleroi – an army in retreat, and old ways of life gone for ever.
A Passion for Perfection
Published alongside the 2017 Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition on the centenary of Edgar Degas’s death, this collection features a broad range of his paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings and sculptures, and includes works by artists who influenced or were influenced by him. Eleven essays, written by leading scholars and specialists, examine Degas’s themes and artistic practices, and reflect his intense self-discipline, his lifelong desire to learn, and his ‘relentless pursuit of the infinite possibilities of a single subject’.
The Triumph of Robert the Bruce
In a fresh account of Bannockburn, Cornell places the battle ‘within its wider context as a phenomenon inextricably linked to the political events within Scotland and England in this period’. He examines the internal conflicts in both countries, the leadership of Robert Bruce and that of England’s Edward II and his generals in a thorough reappraisal of why the battle occurred, how it unfolded and how the Scots achieved their extraordinary against-the-odds victory.
Influence, Infection and the Image of Rome 1700–1870
With reproductions of many unfamiliar works, this book takes a novel approach to artists’ and travellers’ experience of the eternal city between 1700 and 1870: it revisits the history of Rome in terms of the city’s environment and pervasive mal’aria.
The Achievement of Fame
Drawing on new research and material, including long-awaited editions of Michelangelo’s correspondence, Hirst’s biography sheds fresh light on the development of the artist’s work in painting, sculpture and architecture and on his relations with family, friends and patrons. Starting with his apprenticeship in the workshop of Ghirlandaio in Florence, the study covers Michelangelo’s first excursion to Rome, the creation of the Pietà, David and the Sistine ceiling, and ends with Michelangelo’s definitive move to Rome in 1534.
Mexico and American Modernism
Exploring the significant role of Mexico and Mexican art in the formation of modernism in the USA, Landau looks in detail at the Mexican experiences of four major American artists: Isamu Noguchi, Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell. The chapters on Noguchi and Guston focus on their social and political sympathies during the Depression era; on Pollock, Landau discusses his Mexican-related iconographic experiments in New York; and her study of Motherwell examines the influence of Surrealist expatriate circles.
The Memoirs of Walter Bagehot
The Victorian Liberal writer and economist Walter Bagehot (1826–77) never wrote an autobiography, so Frank Prochaska has provided one for him. Drawing on Bagehot’s Collected Works and his own extensive research, he has woven together this ‘faux memoir’, often in the subject’s own words, to present an intimate portrait of the author of The English Constitution, from his Somerset childhood to the failing health brought on by overwork.
The Tragic Life of Klaus Mann
Novelist, playwright, essayist and journalist, Klaus Mann explored the sinister appeal of Nazism in his chilling 1936 novel Mephisto, and was the first person to link racism and fascism with homophobia. This first English-language biography provides a powerful account of his tormented life, dealing frankly with his drug addiction and his troubled relationship with the overpowering figure of his father, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Thomas Mann, while shedding new light on his mysterious death.
The Captain and "the Cannibal"
An Epic Story of Exploration, Kidnapping, and the Broadway Stage
In 1830, Captain Benjamin Morrell of Connecticut kidnapped a young nobleman, Dako, from an island off the coast of New Guinea, to exhibit him in Broadway shows. Based on newly discovered archives, this book tells their story for the first time. Alternating between the perspectives of captor and captive, it records the growing friendship between the two men, explores Morrell’s ambiguous character, and charts the return journey that brought Dako back to his homeland.
Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome
The Life and Miracles of St Benedict, the seven books published by Camillo Agrippa between 1553 and 1598, Pietro Paolo Magni’s Manual for Barber-Surgeons and Magino Gabrielli’s Dialogues on Silk: the illustrations, authors and varied subject matter of these 16th-century Italian books are discussed in detail in this study of ‘treatises that engaged their readers through the purposeful use of printed pictures’.
Treasures from Korea
Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910
The dynasty that ruled Korea for five centuries presided over an era of unparalleled artistry, in which aesthetic rigour combined with sensitivity to materials to produce objects of great refinement. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at museums in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Houston, this catalogue features hundreds of paintings, woodcarvings, ceramics and textiles. The accompanying essays explore these artistic traditions, the history of the Joseon dynasty, and the Confucian philosophy that underpinned the culture.
Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish
Posable models or lay figures have for centuries been a fixture in artists' studios, particularly used by classical painters to arrange drapery. Through a series of illustrated essays, this book, published to accompany the exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, analyses how the artist's tool developed currency as a subject in its own right and explores the meaning and symbolism of mannequins in the work of artists from 17th-century Dutch masters to Jake and Dinos Chapman.
The Savage Shore
Extraordinary Stories of Survival and Tragedy from the Early Voyages of Discovery
Several months after the Dutch yacht Gilt Dragon set sail for the East Indies, it foundered off the coast of ‘Southland’. The ship broke up, but 73 survivors made it ashore, a few of whom would sail 2,500 miles in a shuyt to fetch help. This was 1653, over a century before Cook’s ‘discovery’ of Australia. These maritime tales present many of the early and often fabled encounters with Australia, its perilous coastline and indigenous population.
Postcards on Parchment
The Social Lives of Medieval Books
The miniature paintings on parchment that were often slipped into medieval prayer books are identified by Kathryn Rudy as ‘postcards’: colourful, usually devotional pictures sent or given by one person to another, often with a greeting inscribed on the reverse. Illustrated with almost 300 examples of postcards and manuscript pages, this volume explores the production of such paintings, the social contexts in which they were exchanged as gifts and the new functions they assumed as images independent of a text.