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Item Number: 114255
Title: Guide to Contemporary Architecture in Leon [A Review of 15 Years of contemporary architecture in Leon]
Author: Acosta, Esau (et al)
Price: $4.99 Original Price: $24.95
Record created on 06/23/2011
Description: Barcelona: Actar, 2011. 17cm., hardcover, 128pp., illus. English text. Publisher's summary : León, a nexus where urban and rural fabrics interweave, is the city of origin of paradigmatic examples of Spanish architecture committed to a con-temporary outlook. The first contemporary projects of the seventies served as exemplary architectural models for the development of the current mindset. The pioneers of León, Alejandro de la Sota, Javier Carvajal and Fray Coello de Portugal, paved the way for today's architects, such as Dominique Perrault, Mansilla and Tuñón, and the young architects from León who compiled this guide that points towards global solutions for relocated territories from a local perspective. This guide to architecture in León is both open and systematic, and documents the contributions made by architecture to the construction of the city. Fifteen years of architecture in León are recorded through the texts of Dominique Perrault, Moisés Puente, F. Javier Gutiérrez and the SIC studio, exploring distinct moments in space and time of the architecture of this region.
Item Number: 148271
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Life and Work
Author: Darwent, Charles
Record created on 03/06/2018
Description: London: Thames and Hudson, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 400pp. illus.
Summary: Drawing on extensive unpublished archival writings, documents, and illustrations, this is the first full-scale biography of one of the 20th-century’s great artists. In his accessible study of the “whole” Albers, Charles Darwent combats the fables while telling the fascinating story of an artist, friend, and intellectual. Among Albers’s unpublished papers are letters from friends John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, and Eva Hesse, as well as fans and collectors ranging from the composer Virgil Thomson to the cartoonist Saul Steinberg. If his network of influence was surprisingly wide, so too, were his interests. He started life at the Bauhaus as a glass-maker and went on to create fonts, to run their famous wallpaper workshop, and to make furniture whose designs are still in production eighty years later. He pioneered the study of color at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and chaired the design department at Yale University. While books have been written about Albers for specialist audiences, this new volume fulfills the clear need for a more general study.
Item Number: 148433
Title: JOSEF ALBERS : Interaction
Author: Liesbrock, Heinz (ed)
Record created on 03/20/2018
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 304pp., 140 color illus. Exhibition held at Villa Hügel, Essen. English text.
Summary: Josef Albers (1888–1976) was one of the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism: he was an extraordinary teacher, writer, painter, and color theorist, who is best known for the Homages to the Square (painted between 1950–76) and The Interaction of Color, published by Yale University Press in 1963. This generously illustrated overview of Albers’s work, accompanying the first major exhibition on the artist in more than thirty years, features all aspects of his long, creative career. Beginning with Albers's time at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, the publication follows the artist to America and describes major themes of his work there as well as the importance of his frequent travels to Mexico. Paintings, prints, furniture, household objects, works in glass, photographs, and pre-Columbian sculptures are beautifully reproduced and discussed by a team of experts. The juxtaposition of Renaissance sculptures and icons with paintings by Albers underlines the intellectual and spiritual dimensions of his art, and Albers’s influence on 1960s Minimalist art is also explored. Including a comprehensive biography, the book convincingly demonstrates how this great artist transformed modern design by using line, color, surface, and space to challenge the perception of the viewer.
Item Number: 128018
Title: Sculpture and Coins : Margarete Bieber as Scholar and Collector
Author: Arnold-Biucchi, Carmen ; Martin Beckmann (eds)
Record created on 11/17/2013
Description: Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018. 23cm., hardcover, 148pp. illus.
Summary: This volume addresses the question of the relation between sculpture and coins—or large statuary and miniature art—in the private and public domain. It originates in the Harvard Art Museums 2011 Ilse and Leo Mildenberg interdisciplinary symposium celebrating the acquisition of Margarete Bieber’s coin collection. The papers examine the function of Greek and Roman portraiture and the importance of coins for its identification and interpretation. The authors are scholars from different backgrounds and present case studies from their individual fields of expertise: sculpture, public monuments, coins, and literary sources. Sculpture and Coins also pays homage to the art historian Margarete Bieber (1879–1978) whose work on ancient theater and Hellenistic sculpture remains seminal. She was the first woman to receive the prestigious travel fellowship from the German Archaeological Institute and the first female professor at the University of Giessen. Dismissed by the Nazis, she came to the United States and taught at Columbia. This publication cannot answer all the questions: its merit is to reopen and broaden a conversation on a topic seldom tackled by numismatists and archaeologists together since the time of Bernard Ashmole, Phyllis Lehmann and Léon Lacroix.
(Loeb Classical Monographs, 16)
Item Number: 148960
Title: Atlas of Brutalist Architecture
Record created on 05/21/2018
Description: London-New York: Phaidon, 2018. 31cm., hardcover, 560pp. illus.
Summary: This is the only book to thoroughly document the world's finest examples of Brutalist architecture. More than 850 buildings - existing and demolished, classic and contemporary - are organized geographically into nine continental regions. Presented in an oversized format with a specially bound case with three-dimensional finishes, 1000 beautiful duotone photographs throughout bring the graphic strength, emotional power, and compelling architectural presence of Brutalism to life. From 20th century masters to contemporary architects, much-loved masterpieces in the UK and USA sit alongside lesser-known examples in Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond - 104 countries in all. Twentieth-century masters included in the book: Marcel Breuer, Lina Bo Bardi, Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Ernö Goldfinger, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Oscar Niemeyer, and Paul Rudolph. Contemporary architects featured include Peter Zumthor, Alvaro Siza, Coop Himmelb(l)au, David Chipperfield, Diller and Scofidio, Herzog & de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, OMA, Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, and Zaha Hadid.
Item Number: 118686
Title: ROSALIA BANET : Vanity Fear [Especial Las Siamesas Golasas]
Author: Maggetto, Marco (et al)
Price: $3.75 Original Price: $37.50
Record created on 03/21/2012
Description: Murcia: La Conservera, 2009. 28cm., pbk., 85pp. illus., most in color. Spanish-English text.
Item Number: 149209
Title: Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 1150-1350
Author: Barnwell, Paul S. (ed)
Price: $40.00 Original Price: $80.00
Record created on 06/25/2018
Description: Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2018. 25cm., hardcover, 272pp., 64 color, 31 b&w illus.
Summary: This is the third in a chronological series of volumes based on weekend conferences at Rewley House in Oxford, concerning places of worship in Britain and Ireland from the late Roman period to the present. The period covered in this volume saw the rise of the great cathedrals, the spread of reformed monasticism (including nunneries), the coming of the friars and the spread of the parish system into every corner of Britain and Ireland. Architecturally, the emergence and spread of the Gothic style is of special significance, but as important was the evolution of church plans and form to accommodate new forms of worship driven by developments in theology and liturgy. The emphasis here is on the main types of institution and particularly those for which good physical evidence survives. Cathedrals, monasteries of several orders, nunneries, friaries and parish churches are all represented. The spread of Christian values throughout society and the creation of the universal church of the middle ages, binding Britain and Ireland to the whole of Christendom in a uniform culture, are also common themes. The 12 essays are by Philippa Turner (introduction and images), John Harper (on ritual and music), Richard Halsey (on cathedral extensions), Cathy Oakes (on the Benedictines), Glyn Coppack (on the Cistercians), Richard Oram (the Premonstratensians in Scotland), Deirdre O’Sullivan (friaries), Tracy Collins (Irish nunneries), P. S. Barnwell (English parish churches and the conclusion), and Richard Fawcett (on Scottish parish churches).
(Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 7)
Item Number: 146734
Title: Spanish Books in the Europe of the Enlightenment (Paris and London) : A View from Abroad
Author: Bas Martin, Nicolas (ed)
Price: $85.00 Original Price: $170.00
Record created on 09/14/2017
Description: Leiden: Brill, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 362pp. illus.
Contents: PART I: Books that "Speak": The Traces of Spain in the Catalogues of Parisian Booksellers of the Eighteenth Century - Introduction - 1.1. From manuscript to printed word: following the trail of Spanish books - 1.2. Books from Spain in eighteenth-century Paris - 1.3. A showcase for Spanish books: the bookshops of Paris 1.4. The Spanish literary canon from a Parisian point of view - 1.4.1. The "modern" writers of Spain's Golden Age - 1.4.2. "Old" Spanish authors of the eighteenth century - 1.5. How Spanish books reached Paris: the book circuits - 1.6. Conclusions. PART 2: The Spain of Alatriste: Spanish Books in Eighteenth-Century London 2.1. Spanish books that crossed the Channel - 2.2 Don Quixote in English (1738) - 2.3. Between the Strand and Grub Street: London's world of books - 2.4. The collecting of Spanish books in London: the bibliophiles - 2.5. The traces of Spanish books in London: the booksellers - 2.6. By way of conclusion - 3. Final conclusions. 4. Appendices - 4.1. List of Spanish books available in Parisian bookshops of the eighteenth century - 4.2. Catalogues of Parisian booksellers of eighteenth-century Paris - 4.3. London bookshops with stocks of Spanish books (fifteenth-eighteenth century) - 4.4. The formats of Spanish books in London bookshops - 4.5. Catalogues of London booksellers containing Spanish books - 5. Bibliography - 6. General Index.
(Library of the Written Word - The Handpress World, 64)
Item Number: 149349
Title: Seals - Making and Marking Connections across the Medieval World
Author: Bedos-Rezak, Brigitte (ed)
Record created on 07/24/2018
Description: Leeds: Arc Humanities Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 245pp. illus.
Contents: Seals as Conceptual and Ritual Tools in Chinese Buddhism, ca. 700-1000 CE, Paul Copp ; Imprinting Powers- The Astrological Seal and Its Doctrinal Meanings in the Latin West, Nicolas Weill-Parot ; Medieval Solution to an Early Modern Problem? The Royal Animal Seals of Jambi, Annabel Teh Gallop ; Expressing New Rule: Seals from Early Islamic Egypt and Syria, 600-800 CE, Petra M. Sijpesteijn ; The Formulation of Urban Identity on Byzantine Seals, Claudia Sode ; A Mark of Quality- The Rise and Fall of the Cloth Seal, John Cherry ; Archeology and Sigillography in Northern Europe, Michael Andersen ; Medieval Treaties and the Diplomatic Aesthetic, Jessica Berenbeim.
(The Medieval Globe Books, 4)
Item Number: 117896
Title: Pelle di donna : Identita e bellezza tr arte e scienza [Women and their Skin - Identity and Beauty in Art and Science]
Author: Bellasi, Pietro ; Martina Mazzotta
Price: $13.50 Original Price: $67.50
Record created on 02/13/2012
Description: Milano: Mazzotta, 2012. 24cm., pbk., 165pp. illus., most in color. Italian.English text. Exhibition held at Triennale di Milano. Includes: The Discovery of the Skin ; The Collection of the Wax Modeler Anna Morandi Manzolini ; Skin - Towards an Aesthetic Identity ; The Paradise of Hygiene and the Hell of Modesty ; The Tattooing of Women ; Touch - A Language of Love and Knowledge ; etc.
Item Number: 147861
Title: GIOVANNI BELLINI : The Art of Contemplation
Author: Grave, Johannes
Record created on 01/11/2018
Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2018. 38cm., hardcover, 288pp., 242 color illus.
Summary: Following the arc of Bellini’s career, from his early devotional paintings to his later, occasionally secular works, this book offers an in-depth appreciation of the Venetian master who dominated the Early Renaissance. Featuring nearly every extant Bellini work, as well as those of his contemporaries, this book brims with gorgeous Renaissance art. Author Johannes Grave focuses on some of the artist’s greatest works including Allegoria Sacra, the Brera Pietà, and the altarpiece of San Giobbe—to explore how Bellini excelled in tempera before mastering oil painting. Grave discusses how Bellini’s precise lines, his delicate facial expressions, and the subtle effects of light and shadow were used in his religious paintings as well as his portraiture and late mythological depictions. This book examines Bellini’s life, including his complex relationships with his father Jacopo, his brother Gentile, and his brother-in-law Andrea Mantegna. It considers the original contexts of Bellini’s works, and elucidates the ways in which these paintings were meant to be perceived. The book also links Bellini’s devotional paintings with the poetic creations of his pupil Giorgione. An important contribution to the scholarship of Renaissance art, this masterful book reaffirms Bellini’s status as one of Venice’s greatest painters.
Item Number: 128937
Title: WILL BENEDICT : bonjour tourist
Price: $9.70 Original Price: $48.50
Record created on 01/11/2014
Description: Milano: Mousse Publishing, 2013. 27cm., pbk., 95pp. illus. Exhibition held at Gio Marconi, Milano. English text. Summary: The first artist book by Benedict, Bonjour Tourist is a demure compilation of the themes, the people, and the nuances dear to the LA-born artist. A conversation with Martin Guttmann—text messages exchanged over a five-month period—sheds some light on it all. For the past several years Will Benedict has been working professionally as a photographer, painter, and tourist. Bonjour Tourist is a series of works relying on various combinations of gouache paintings and cut-out studio portraits, mounted in customized aluminium and foamcore frames. Organized in distinct series, they fulfil the nominal categories of newscasters, postcards, flags, couples having dinner and nations peeking in through windows. Compared to the kind of aesthetic stimulation experienced while watching TV the works are like watching two, maybe three channels at the same time. In Benedict's works the buzzing clamor of things, places, foods and people are fossilized in lavishly painted waxed foamcore passepartout, freezing the sadness of the tourist and audience (the same thing) into an ever so slight hypomanic mixture of euphoria and irritability. Frozen along with everyone and everything in these passepartouts are paintings on canvas depicting a tits and penis nationalism that sells food at restaurants, plane ticket to exotic locals, walls or stamps.
Item Number: 149772
Title: The Roman Courtesan : Archaeological Reflections of a Literary Topos
Author: Berg, Ria ; Richard Neudecker (eds)
Record created on 01/21/2019
Description: Roma: Quasar, 2018. 30cm., pbk., 248pp. illus.
Contents: Ria Berg, Introduction- Unveiling Roman courtesans || Thomas A.J. McGinn, Courtesans in the Roman legal sources || Alison Keith, Historical Roman courtesans || Antonio Varone, Pupa, puella, domina. Tracce di cortigiane nella documentazione pompeiana? || Sharon L. James, The life course of the Roman courtesan || Marja-Leena Hänninen, The image of a well-born lady as a prostitute. The cases of Clodia, Julia and Messalina || Pia Mustonen, Influential mistresses in the imperial dynasties of first-century Rome- Claudia Acte and Antonia Caenis || Irene Bragantini, Quadretti con coppie su klinai dalla Villa della Farnesina || Richard Neudecker, Beauties from a distant world. On portrait galleries of Hellenistic hetairai in several houses of Pompeii || Luciana Jacobelli, Pitture di banchetto con presenze femminili nelle case di Pompei- alcune considerazioni || Ville Hakanen, A perfect scenary for male courtesans? Ganymede in two Pompeian wall paintings || Anna Fidele - Donato Labate, Instrumentum con scene erotiche da tombe femminili di età romana || Ria Berg, Furnishing the courtesan's house. Material culture and elite prostitution in Pompeii || Siri Sande, Prostitutes and entertainers at Rome. Did they leave memories of themeselves?.
(Acta Instituti Romani Finlandiae, 46)
Item Number: 149179
Title: The 8 Brokens : Chinese Bapo Painting
Author: Berliner, Nancy
Record created on 06/19/2018
Description: Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 160pp., 75 color illus.
Summary: Developed during the mid-19th century in China, the bapo (or "eight brokens") painting genre combines ingeniously realistic depictions of antique documents, such as calligraphies, rubbings, paintings and pages from old books, sometimes alongside everyday contemporary ephemera, including advertisements, receipts and postmarked envelopes. The resulting, seemingly haphazard, overlapping compositions contain coded reflections on the decay of cultural traditions, or wishes for the recipient's good fortune. Widespread in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, bapo was never popular with the upper echelons of the Chinese art world, and as a result was never recorded in art-history texts or mentioned by cultural critics. It became a lost branch of Chinese art—almost completely forgotten for the past 60 years. This book explores the origins of bapo in Chinese visual culture and traces how it blossomed into an intriguing and inventive tradition in the hands of many artists.
Item Number: 104424
Title: BERNINI : All His Works from All Over the World
Author: Zanella, Andrea (ed)
Price: $1.35 Original Price: $13.50
Record created on 12/02/2009
Description: Roma: Palombi, 2007. 24cm., pbk., 80pp. illus., several in color. English text.
Item Number: 148754
Title: Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa
Author: Berzock, Kathleen Bickford
Record created on 04/24/2018
Description: Princeton: Princeton University Press, in association with the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 2019. 28cm., hardcover, 312pp., 192 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: The Sahara Desert was a thriving crossroads of exchange for West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe in the medieval period. Fueling this exchange was West African gold, prized for its purity and used for minting currencies and adorning luxury objects such as jewelry, textiles, and religious objects. Caravans made the arduous journey by camel southward across the Sahara carrying goods for trade—glass vessels and beads, glazed ceramics, copper, books, and foodstuffs, including salt, which was obtained in the middle of the desert. Northward, the journey brought not only gold but also ivory, animal hides and leatherwork, spices, and captives from West Africa forced into slavery. Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time draws on the latest archaeological discoveries and art historical research to construct a compelling look at medieval trans-Saharan exchange and its legacy. Contributors from diverse disciplines present case studies that form a rich portrayal of a distant time. Topics include descriptions of key medieval cities around the Sahara; networks of exchange that contributed to the circulation of gold, copper, and ivory and their associated art forms; and medieval glass bead production in West Africa’s forest region. The volume also reflects on Morocco’s Gnawa material culture, associated with descendants of West African slaves, and movements of people across the Sahara today. Featuring a wealth of color images, this fascinating book demonstrates how the rootedness of place, culture, and tradition is closely tied to the circulation of people, objects, and ideas. These “fragments in time” offer irrefutable evidence of the key role that Africa played in medieval history and promote a new understanding of the past and the present.
Item Number: 146623
Title: Rire en images à la Renaissance
Author: Bodart, Didier ; F. Alberti (eds)
Record created on 08/30/2017
Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 552pp., 214 color, 76 b&w illus. Papers presented at a conference organized by Centre allemand d'histoire de l'art, Paris, 7-10 March 2012.
Contents: Daniel Ménager, Les plaisirs du rire dans la littérature de la Renaissance ; Francesca Alberti, Diane H. Bodart,Introduction ; Bert W. Meijer, Dessins grotesques et ridicules sur le support des peintures (XIV e-XVI e siècles) ; Valérie Boudier, Rire de la mauvaise humeur avec Bartolomeo Passerotti ; Diane H. Bodart, Pour une proto-histoire de la caricature politique ; Sandra Cheng, Ridiculous Portraits - comic ugliness and early modern caricature ; Francesco Porzio, Per il linguaggio del comico figurativo - il lessico metaforico delle "pitture ridicole" ; Michel Hochmann, 'Des bizarreries de chat et d'autres fantaisies' - le chat dans les tableaux comiques de la Renaissance ; Thomas Fusenig, Hans von Aachen, laughter and early Italian Genre Painting ; Philippe Morel, Rire avec les grotesques à la Renaissance ; Malcolm Jones, Facete and befitting pictures - humour in the prints and paintings of the English Renaissance, c.1550-c.1650 ; Paolo Procaccioli, Santa Nafissa. Per una tipologia della scrittura d'arte en comique ; Emmanuelle Hénin, Des peintures comiques malgré elles - à propos d'une distinction de Paleotti ; Patricia Simons, Dicks and stones - double-sided humour in a maiolica dish of 1536 ; Tommaso Mozzati, Ridere a bocca piena. La Compagnia del Paiuolo e le sculture di cibo ; Maurice Brock, Quelques enfants amusants dans la peinture religieuse de Lorenzo Lotto ; Angelica Tschachtli, Un sourire qui intrigue - les expressions faciales du buste funéraire de Leonardo Salutati par Mino da Fiesole ; Francesca Alberti, Ridente Redentore - le rire de l'Enfant-Jésus dans l'art italien de la Renaissance ; José Emilio Burucúa, Juegos de niños y conocimiento adulto en el Renacimiento europeo ; Dennis Geronimus, Northern Exposure - Pontormo, Dürer and the humor of the body ; Henri Keazor, Unexplained Laughter - The role of humor, wit and laughing in the painterly reform of the Carracci ; Elinor Myara Kelif, Traditions burlesque et populaire du mythe de l'âge d'or chez Pieter Bruegel et Bernard Salomon ; Nicola Suthor, Braccelli's Bizzarie - a distinctive form of Commedia dell'Arte ; Paul Barolsky, Smiles of delight and pleasures of play in Italian Renaissance art.
(The Body in Art)
Item Number: 148743
Title: Late Gothic Architecture : Its Evolution, Extinction, and Reception
Author: Bork, Robert
Record created on 04/24/2018
Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 552pp., 32 color, 337 b&w illus.
Summary: In this book, Robert Bork offers a sweeping reassessment of late Gothic architecture and its fate in the Renaissance. In a chronologically organized narrative covering the whole of western and central Europe, he demonstrates that the Gothic design tradition remained inherently vital throughout the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, creating spectacular monuments in a wide variety of national and regional styles. Bork argues that the displacement of this Gothic tradition from its long-standing position of artistic leadership in the years around 1500 reflected the impact of three main external forces: the rise of a rival architectural culture that championed the use of classical forms with a new theoretical sophistication; the appropriation of that architectural language by patrons who wished to associate themselves with papal and imperial Rome; and the chaos of the Reformation, which disrupted the circumstances of church construction on which the Gothic tradition had formerly depended. Bork further argues that art historians have much to gain from considering the character and fate of late Gothic architecture, not only because the monuments in question are intrinsically fascinating, but also because examination of the way their story has been told-and left untold, in many accounts of the Northern Renaissance-can reveal a great deal about schemes of categorization and prioritization that continue to shape the discipline even in the twenty-first century.
Contents: Introduction: The Anti-Gothic Turn. Chapter 1: Getting the Point-Antiquity to 1300. Chapter 2: From Gothic to Late Gothic-1300 to 1350. Chapter 3: The Evolution of Late Gothic-1350 to 1400. Chapter 4: The Antique Mode and its Gothic Context-1400 to 1450. Chapter 5: Polarized Modernisms-1450 to 1500. Chapter 6: Collision and Hybridity-1500 to 1525. Chapter 7: Purge and Extinction-1525 to 1575. Epilogue: The legacy of the Anti-Gothic Turn.
(Architectura Medii Aevi, 10)
Item Number: 148911
Title: WILLIAM BOUGUEREAU : The Essential Works
Author: Ross, Kara Lysandra ; Frederick C. Ross
Record created on 05/14/2018
Description: Woodbridge: Antique Collectors Club, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 240pp., 200 color illus.
Summary: William Bouguereau, the most popular artist in nineteenth-century France, is rapidly becoming one of the most popular realist artists of all time. This book is an exploration of the four main types of paintings that were most prevalent throughout Bouguereau's body of work. This includes his mythological works, religious works, peasants, and portraits. This final section on portraits focuses on paintings of heads and hands, which gave the artist the opportunity to concentrate on the subtleties of capturing human emotion, something at which the artist was a consummate master, and is a primary factor in what makes his works, in general, so compelling. Although each section of the book discusses the importance of the individual genera within Bouguereau's oeuvre, and includes painting analyses to highlight his most important works, this book is a true showcase of the master's lifetime achievement through beautifully illustrated full-page plates of over 120 of his greatest masterpieces.
Item Number: 148125
Title: Vienna 1900 Complete
Author: Brandstãtter, Christian ; Daniela Gregori ; Rainer Metzger
Record created on 02/15/2018
Description: London: Thames and Hudson, 2018. 28cm., hardcover, 544pp., 1000 illus.
Summary: At the turn of the 20th century, Vienna became an epicenter for new thought, increasingly running counter to the prevalent conservatism symbolized by the neo-classical facades of the buildings in the city’s Ringstrasse. During the time of the modernist movement led by Gustav Klimt, Josef Hoffmann, and Koloman Moser, among others, a multidisciplinary environment emerged in which music, writing, and intellectual thought flourished, bringing different arts together in a “Gesamtkunstwerk” a total work of art. Covering all artistic fields, from painting to photography, the Wiener Werkstatte and decorative arts, fashion and architecture of fin-de-siecle Vienna and including biographies for featured artists, Vienna 1900 Complete is an unprecedented compilation of richly colored images curated and authored in a single volume by three leading scholars of the period.
Item Number: 139500
Title: The Prince as Poisoner. The trial of Sigismondo Chigi, Rome 1790
Author: Bressan, Dino ; Ronald T. Ridley
Price: $29.00 Original Price: $72.50
Record created on 01/04/2016
Description: Citta del Vaticano: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2015. 25cm., pbk., 370pp. English text
Contents: Prince Sigismondo Chigi ; The Rome of Pius VI ; The Processo ; The Fate of a Prince ; The Transcription of the Processo ; Dramatis Personae.
(Studi e Testi, 494)
Item Number: 149550
Title: Conversation Pieces: The World of BRUEGEL
Author: Van Dongen, Alexandra (et al)
Record created on 09/18/2018
Description: Veurne: Cannibal Publishing, 2018. 23cm., pbk., 112pp. illus.
Summary: In 2019, it will be 450 years since the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1526/28-1569). To mark this anniversary, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is organising the first ever retrospective of Bruegel’s work, while The World of Bruegel will be shown in the Bokrijk Open-Air Museum. The two institutions are joining forces to bring Bruegel’s masterpiece Battle Between Carnival and Lent (1559) to life. An important key in this respect are the numerous everyday objects that are depicted in the painting. In collaboration with the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam) and the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), the props that Bruegel depicted have been examined and interpreted from a contemporary perspective. The authors allow the objects to speak for themselves, preceded by an introductory essay by curator Sabine Pénot of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Just as Bruegel’s paintings were ‘conversation pieces’ in their day, intended to trigger a discussion between guests during dinners, this book presents a three-way conversation about Battle Between Carnival and Lent through Bruegel realia, in which art history (Katrien Lichtert), historical design (Alexandra van Dongen and Lucinda Timmermans) and literature (Abdelkader Benali) enter into a dialogue. In A Conversation Piece, the authors reveal the humour, symbolism, imagery and hidden stories behind the everyday objects in the painting.
Item Number: 149019
Author: Brunt, Peter (et al)
Record created on 05/25/2018
Description: London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2018. 30cm., hardcover, 352pp., 300 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: From the remote shores of Rapa Nui to the dense rainforest of Papua New Guinea, the islands of the Pacific are home to some of the most culturally diverse populations on the planet. The region embraces an extraordinary range of art forms, from delicate shell ornaments to spectacularly decorated canoes and meeting houses. These have fascinated outsiders since the exploratory voyages of Captain Cook, the first of which commenced 250 years ago in 1768, and they went on to entrance Gauguin and a host of other European artists. This volume accompanies a major survey in London and Paris of art from Oceania. It brings together the most up-to-date scholarship by the leading experts in the field, encompassing a dazzling array of objects from the region, including many that have never been published before. Also included are many works that have historically been overlooked, such as painted and woven textiles, elaborate wicker assemblages and eloquently sculpted vessels, alongside works by artists working in Oceania today. Objects of great aesthetic beauty, these artworks are the product of a complex web of social, mythological and historical influences.
Item Number: 142302
Title: Sicily and the Enlightenment: The World of Domenico Caracciolo, Thinker and Reformer
Author: Campbell, Angus
Price: $17.50 Original Price: $35.00
Record created on 07/19/2016
Description: London: I.B. Tauris, 2016. 23cm., hardcover, 216pp.
Summary: Dominico Caracciolo was an important figure on the eighteenth-century European stage, holding high office as a diplomat in London, Turin and Paris, and as viceroy and prime minister in the Two Sicilies. He was an inveterate letter-writer and his huge correspondence, with his diplomatic despatches and other official writing, is a unique original source, providing a detailed and vivid picture of the eighteenth-century European elite with all its extravagance and scandalous behaviour but, even more importantly, it is an account of an Enlightenment struggle against the increasingly outdated clerical and feudal rule in Sicily. Caracciolo was an abrasive and combative official and politician and vigorous scion of the Enlightenment. In this book, Angus Campbell provides a detailed portrait of Caracciolo and of the political, social, economic, legal and cultural context in which he lived and worked. In doing so, he provides a unique vantage point on the European diplomatic culture of the eighteenth century.
Item Number: 116214
Title: My Biennale Guide Art 2011
Author: Canessa, Michela (et al)
Price: $1.00 Original Price: $9.98
Record created on 11/14/2011
Description: Venezia: Lightbox Publishing, 2011. 17cm., pbk., 197pp. illus., most in color. Italian-English text.
Item Number: 102337
Title: Electric Imaging & the Visual Arts 'The Foremost European Electronic Imaging Events in the Visual Arts' : EVA 2009 Florence : Conference, Workshops, Meeting, Training & Exhibition, 28-30 April 2009
Author: Caffo, Rossella (et al)
Price: $3.88 Original Price: $38.75
Record created on 07/13/2009
Description: Bologna: Pitagora, 2009. 24cm., pbk., 171pp. illus. English text.
Item Number: 148267
Title: CIMABUE and the Franciscans
Author: Flora, Holly
Record created on 03/06/2018
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Description: Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2019. 28cm., hardcover, 287pp., 192 color illus.
Summary: Cimabue and the Franciscans sheds new light on the legendary artist Cimabue, revealing his sophisticated engagement with complicated intellectual and theological ideas about materials, memory, beauty, and experience. This book offers a fresh look at the broader question of artistic change in the late thirteenth century by examining the intersection of two histories: that of the artist Cimabue (ca. 1240-1302), and that of the Franciscan Order. While focused on the work of a single artist, this study sheds new light on the religious motives and artistic means that fueled the period’s visual and spiritual transformations. Flora’s study reveals that Cimabue was not just a crucial figure in processes of stylistic change. He and his Franciscan patrons engaged with complicated intellectual and theological ideas about materials, memory, beauty, and experience, creating innovative works of art that celebrated the Order and enabled new modes of Christian devotion. Cimabue’s contributions to the history of art thus can finally be recognized for their wide-ranging scope and impact within the rapidly-evolving religious culture of the late thirteenth century.
Contents: Part I: Transformations at Assisi. Chapter 1:New Light on Cimabue's White. Chapter 2: Sensory Engagement and Contemplative Transformation: The Assisi Transepts. Chapter 3: The Virgin Made Church: The Marian Apse and Evangelists' Vault at Assisi. Part II: Art, Memory and Experience. Chapter 4: Place and Memory: The Franciscan Maestà. Chapter 5: Word and Paint Made Flesh: Cimabue's Santa Croce Crucifix. Chapter 6: Pictures, Words, and the Imagination in Cimabue's Vita Christi. Epilogue: Last Transformations in Pisa.
(Renovatio Artium, 4.)
Item Number: 148396
Title: Renaissance Splendor : Catherine de’ Medici’s Valois Tapestries
Author: Cleland, Elizabeth (et al)
Record created on 03/19/2018
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Cleveland Museum of Art, 2018. 29cm., hardcover, 96pp., 131 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Featuring detailed scenes of court pageantry and life-size portraits of members of the French Valois dynasty woven in wool, silk, and precious metal-wrapped threads, the Valois Tapestries are one of the most extravagant sets of hangings produced in the 16th century. The precise circumstances surrounding the tapestries’ commission and their arrival at the Medici court in Florence, as well as the significance of the specific scenes depicted, however, have eluded scholars for years. Presenting new research into the political maneuvering of the Valois and Medici courts and providing extensive physical analysis gathered during a recent cleaning of the tapestries, this volume offers brand new insight into why these magnificent works were made and what they represent.
Item Number: 149287
Title: The Art Market in Rome in the Eighteenth Century : A Case Study on the Social History of Art
Author: Coen, Paolo (ed)
Record created on 07/10/2018
Description: Leiden: Brill, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 234pp., 80 color illus.
Contents: The Art Market in Rome in the Eighteenth Century - A Study in the Modern 'Social History' of Art, Paolo Coen || The Social Histories of Art, Peter Burke || The Value of a Work of Art - Minor Collections and Display Practices, Renata Ago || Marketing Strategies and the Creation of Taste in Seventeenth-Century Rome, Patrizia Cavazzini || Jan Meyssens' 1649 Portfolio of Artists - The Conception and Composition of the Book Image de divers hommes d'esprit sublime (and the Inclusion of Three Italian Painters), Raffaella Morselli || Moral Subjects and Exempla Virtutis at the Start of the Eighteenth Century - Art and Politics in England, Rome and Venice, Valter Curzi || Sir Joshua Reynolds in Rome, 1750-1752 - The Debut of an Artist, an Art Collector or an Art Dealer?, Giovanna Perini Folesani || Brownlow Cecil, Ninth Earl of Exeter, Thomas Jenkins and Nicolas Mosman - Origins, Functions and Aesthetic Guidelines of a Great Drawing Collection in Eighteenth-Century Rome, Now at the British Museum, Paolo Coen || The Capture of the Westmorland and the Purchase of Art in Rome in the 1770s, Brian Allen || Economic and Scholarly Appraisal of Ancient Marbles in Late 18th-Century Rome, Daniela Gallo || Jean-Baptiste Wicar in Rome (1784-1834) - Fifty Years of Purchases, Sales, and Appraisals of Works of Art, Maria Teresa Caracciolo.
(Studies in the History of Christian Traditions, 5)
Item Number: 149650
Title: Folk and Folks: Variations on the Vernacular: The 8th Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts
Author: Courch, Dale L. (ed)
Record created on 10/20/2018
Description: Athens: Georgia Museum of Art, 2018. 28cm., pbk., 216pp. illus.
Contents: This volume includes the following papers delivered at the 8th Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts, held Feb. 1–3, 2016: "The Story of Southern, in Pictures," by Robert M. Hicklin Jr.; "The Illusive Miss Cox: A Search for the Identity of a Clarke County Portrait," by Laura Pass Barry; "Woman in a Man’s World: Louise DuBose and the Battleship Georgia Silver," by Deborah Prosser; "Starrs and Stripes: Georgia Silver and Southern Filibusters," by Caroline G. Rainey; "John Abbot: Early Georgia’s Naturalist Artist," by Beth Fowkes Tobin; "'Received . . . in a Most Friendly Manner': Moravians in Georgia," by Johanna Metzgar Brown; "Mary Jane Smithey’s Memorial Embroidery," by Kathleen Staples; "The Creolized Kitchen: Interpreting the Life of a Catawba Indian-Made Pan from Urban Charleston, 1800–1830," by Kelly Sharp; "A Masked Tradition: British Porcelain and Georgia Folk Pottery," by Joseph D. Litts; "Wedding Jug or Flower Vase: A Stoneware Vessel Explored," by Suzanne Findlen Hood; "Religion, Land, and Cultural Tradition: Johannes Spitler of the Shenandoah Valley, 1790–1809," by Elizabeth A. Davison; "'The Tree of Life, My Soul Hath Seen”: Painted Dower Chests in Walton County, Georgia," by Sumpter Priddy III; "Under Continental Influences: Current Research into the Long-Block Group of Georgia Furniture," by Dale L. Couch and Joseph D. Litts; as well as a foreword by museum director William Underwood Eiland and acknowledgments and a focus on a recent acqusition by Dale L. Couch, curator, Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative.
Item Number: 148752
Title: Restoration: The Fall of Napoleon in the Course of European Art, 1812-1820
Author: Crow, Thomas
Record created on 04/24/2018
Description: Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 208pp., 160 color illus.
Summary: As the French Empire collapsed between 1812 and 1815, artists throughout Europe were left uncertain and adrift. The final abdication of Emperor Napoleon, clearing the way for a restored monarchy, profoundly unsettled prevailing national, religious, and social boundaries. In Restoration, Thomas Crow combines a sweeping view of European art centers—Rome, Paris, London, Madrid, Brussels, and Vienna—with a close-up look at pivotal and significant artists, including Antonio Canova, Jacques-Louis David, Théodore Géricault, Francisco Goya, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Thomas Lawrence, and forgotten but meteoric painters François-Joseph Navez and Antoine Jean-Baptiste Thomas. Whether directly or indirectly, all became linked in a new international network in which changing artistic priorities and possibilities emerged from the ruins of the old. Crow examines how artists of this period faced dramatic circumstances, from political condemnation and difficult diplomatic missions to a catastrophic episode of climate change. Navigating ever-changing pressures, they invented creative ways of incorporating critical events and significant individuals into fresh artistic works. Crow discusses, among many topics, David’s art and pedagogy during exile, Ingres’s drive to reconcile religious art with contemporary mentalities, the titled victors over Napoleon all sitting for portraits by Lawrence, and the campaign to restore art objects expropriated by the French from Italy, prefiguring the restitution controversies of our own time.
(The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 62)
Item Number: 108606
Title: Everybody Welcome, Everything Free : I Cavalieri di Colombo e Roma - 90 anni di amicizia. The Knights of Colombus and Rome - 90 Years of Friendship
Author: Cummings, Mary Lou et al (eds)
Price: $7.90 Original Price: $78.95
Record created on 07/06/2010
Description: Roma: Gangemi, 2010. 22cm., pbk., 287pp. illus., most in color. Italian-English text. Exhibition held at Musei in Comune, Musei Capitolini, Roma.
Item Number: 108591
Title: 1986-2010 : 25 anni di romaeuropa festival : Una generazione avanti
Author: d'Adamo, Ada (ed) ; Piero Tauro (photos)
Price: $6.25 Original Price: $62.50
Record created on 07/06/2010
Description: Milano: Electa, 2010. 26cm., pbk., 245pp. with numerous color photos. Italian-English text. Summary: Subdivided into various sections and accompanied by rich photographic content by Piero Tauro, the book looks back at the origins of the Festival through the memories of its founders. It reconstructs its history through some key themes, amongst others: dialog between different cultures, the role of the Foreign Academies in Rome, its rapport with the city, its history and venues, memory identity and modernity, research on the cutting edge, recognizing our roots and reflections about our own time, dialog between different generations, the masses and the cultured, how other people see us... - throwing light on the constant characteristics of the festival and highlighting the changes that have taken place over the years in terms of its planning, the choice of venues, the audience, and communication. Scholars, critics and experts from Italy and abroad, belonging to different generations, are asked to talk about Romaeuropa through the movies, theater, dance, the visual arts and music that the festival has offered the public in its 25-year-long life. The publication also describes how the Romaeuropa Festival has developed in the broader context of the European cultural stage, with articles that are intended to make us reflect on the contemporary scene, on the role of cultural institutions today and, in general, on the value of art in contemporary society. The book's gaze is, therefore, fixed on the present but also looks towards the future. As well as the Festival, it talks about the Romaeuropa Foundation's most recent projects, associated with the new technologies, and the Internet, demonstrating its ongoing curiosity about contemporary languages. The appendix to the book contains a list of the programs of the 25 Festivals: a useful archive to refer to and conserve.
Item Number: 105885
Title: Children of the Holy Land
Author: D'Urso, Doralisa (ed)
Price: $8.50 Original Price: $85.00
Record created on 02/15/2010
Description: Roma: Graffiti, 2005. 29 x 21cm., pbk., 143pp. mostly photos (Marco Baroncini et al).
Item Number: 104419
Title: L'attraction de l'espace au fond de l'inconnu pour trouver du nouveau!
Author: Dancer, Martine (ed)
Price: $5.25 Original Price: $52.50
Record created on 12/02/2009
Description: Milano: Silvana, 2009. 20cm., pbk., 303pp. illus., most in color. Italian-English text. Exhibition held at Musee d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Metropole.
Item Number: 149549
Title: Les Enluminures: Four Remarkable Manuscripts from the Middle Ages
Author: de Hamel, Christopher
Record created on 09/18/2018
Description: London-New York: Holberton, Les Enluminures, 2018. 30cm., pbk., 144pp., 80 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: This catalogue explores four books that are remarkable survivals of what people read in the Middle Ages – the finest of medieval Bibles (the greatest text of Western civilization), one of the oldest Books of Hours (the most famous medieval manuscripts of all), Biography (the unique legend of an Anglo-Saxon princess), and the History of Troy (the oldest chivalric story in European history). These are all manuscripts unknown on the market for at least eighty years. One of the four was last described in print in 1588; the others were last catalogued for sale in 1909, 1932 and 1938 respectively. All are richly illustrated, with a total of 133 miniatures between them, as well as hundreds of borders and illuminated animals and grotesques. Some of the finest artists of the period were responsible for the miniatures, and at least two of them likely issue directly from the greatest of European courts...
Item Number: 149267
Title: More Eighteenth-Century Neapolitan Staircases : Showpiece and Utility
Author: De Meyer, Dirk
Price: $19.99 Original Price: $49.95
Record created on 07/06/2018
Description: Gent: A&S Books, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 130pp. prof. illus. Engilsh text.
Summary: This book documents the development of the open staircase typology in Naples at the moment that it shifted from the traditional, monumental Baroque palace staircase towards the later palazzo or condominium staircase that was serving four, five or more levels of apartments. These staircases are considered "the star(s) of the palace composition in Naples". The book is the outcome of a master seminar in Architectural History at Ghent University. It continues a first publication from 2017.
Contents: A typological make-over - Staircase design in eighteenth-century Napels, Dirk De Meyer ; Ferdinando Sanfelice - Palazzo Lauriano also called Capuano staircase, c. 1730 ; Ferdinando Sanfelice - Palazzo Palmarice staircase,1719 ; FerdinandoSanfelice (attrib.) - Double palazzo in via Salvator Rosa main courtyard staircase,c. 1730s ; Ferdinando Sanfelice (attrib.) - Double palazzo in via Salvator Rosa small courtyard staircase, c. 1730s ; Unknown architect (Ferdinando Sanfelice?) - Palazzo Persico staircase,mid-18th c. ; Unknown architect Palazzo in via Atri staircase, mid or late 18th c ; Unknown architect Palazzo in via Costantinopoli staircase,mid or late 18th c.
Item Number: 141958
Title: CRISTINA DE MIDDEL : Muchismo
Price: $9.00 Original Price: $45.00
Record created on 06/23/2016
Description: Madrid: La Fabrica, 2016. 24cm., pbk., 180pp., 120 illus. Exhibition catalogue. Spanish-English text.
Summary: In the work Muchismo, the photographer Cristina de Middel digs around in her studios and brings all of her images to light, exactly the way she has them stored, in colossal, gorgeous chaos, to show them in the exhibition of the same name to be held in June at the Teatro Fernán Gómez in Madrid. This is a sui generis display of her entire oeuvre, with neither a curator nor any apparent order, which seeks to question the art market and its rules.
Item Number: 115567
Title: Van Dyck's Hosts in Genoa : Lucas and Cornelis DE WAEL's Lives, Business Activities and Works
Author: Stoesser, Alison
Record created on 09/27/2011
Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 2 vols. 27cm., hardcover, 1028pp., 40 color, 683 b&w illus. English text
From the review by Timothy Standring in The Burlington, February 2019: "(...) scholars will benefit from Stoesser’s exacting analysis of precisely how artists navigated the commercial and creative aspects of marketing their works to clients – especially in Genoa – during the first half of the seicento. Few other authors go to the effort of explaining the foundations of artistic practice on a commercial level, to outline the main tenets of the theoretical discourse that subsumed the creation of many of these works, or of reviewing arcane source material (the reader learns, for example, that it took over one hundred different motions to load a musket, information cited to substantiate the accuracy of details in Cornelis’s military works."
Summary: Long overshadowed by the brilliance of their close friend, Anthony van Dyck, Lucas and Cornelis de Wael, active as artists and dealers in Antwerp, Genoa and Rome, have largely been ignored in Flemish art historical literature. No monograph on them has appeared since 1925. This book aims to rectify this situation by giving a global overview of their wide-ranging pursuits. However, before assessing their personal histories it first examines the historical context, particularly with respect to the 17th-century art market in these three cities, with special attention given to its structure in Genoa, so far neglected in surveys of the Italian markets. A fresh appraisal of information from archival and other sources in each city has been undertaken to give a revealing up-to-date insight into their lives, trading activities in goods ranging from art works to second-hand clothing and hides, as well as their extensive network of friends and clients stretching from the Northern Netherlands to Sicily, including their close business association with the prominent Flemish art dealer Matthijs Musson and the Moretus family, owners of the Plantin-Moretus publishing house. Their own contribution to the art world is not neglected, with a full discussion of their works and an accompanying catalogue raisonné, which, in Cornelis de Wael’s case, includes his extensive oeuvre of paintings, drawings and prints. In addition, the De Wael brothers’ crucial function as hosts to Dutch and Flemish artists in both Genoa and Rome, with Van Dyck being the most famous, is also considered, while Cornelis de Wael’s not inconsiderable role in making Rembrandt’s prints known in both cities in his capacity as an art dealer is brought into focus. Despite the relative obscurity of his works till now, the sometimes unexpected influence of these on other artists from as far apart as the Northern Netherlands and Spain is also given careful attention.
(Pictura Nova, 19)
Item Number: 133319
Title: JAN DIBBETTS : Un'altra fotografia
Author: Beccaria, Marcella
Price: $9.00 Original Price: $45.00
Record created on 11/07/2014
Description: Milano: Silvana, 2014. 27cm., hardcover, 120pp., 65 illus. Italian-English text. Exhibition held at Castello di Rivoli.
Item Number: 148789
Title: Medieval Illumination: Manuscript Art in England and France 700-1200
Author: Doyle, Kathleen ; Charlotte Denoel
Record created on 04/27/2018
Description: London: British Library Publishing, 2018. 24cm., pbk., 160pp. illus.
Summary: Illuminated manuscripts from England and France are among the greatest masterpieces of medieval European art. This beautiful new book showcases dozens of the finest examples, many of which have never before been exhibited and are rarely reproduced. It reveals the close artistic and intellectual connections between Anglo-Saxon and Norman England and medieval France, where scribes and illuminators often shared stylistic ideas and subject-matter. Among the manuscripts featured here are gospel-books and saints' lives, histories and herbals. Together they give rich insights into the culture and beliefs of people in medieval Europe, and they are a significant source of evidence for Anglo-Saxon England in particular. Curators from the British Library in London and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris have collaborated on a major project to study these manuscripts in detail - this book introduces their findings alongside stunning images.
Item Number: 115414
Title: Il profilo del cielo : L'ampliamento e le installazioni site-specific del cimitero di Gubbio
Author: Dragoni, Andrea (ed)
Price: $9.00 Original Price: $45.00
Record created on 09/19/2011
Description: Milano: Skira, 2011. 21cm., pbk., 95pp. illus., most in color. Italian-English text.
Item Number: 148979
Title: The Art of Allusion : Illuminators and the Making of English Literature, 1403-1476
Author: Drimmer, Sonja
Record created on 05/23/2018
Description: Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 368pp., 27 color, 97 b&w illus.
Summary: At the end of the fourteenth and into the first half of the fifteenth century Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, and John Lydgate translated and revised stories with long pedigrees in Latin, Italian, and French. Royals and gentry alike commissioned lavish manuscript copies of these works, copies whose images were integral to the rising prestige of English as a literary language. Yet despite the significance of these images, manuscript illuminators are seldom discussed in the major narratives of the development of English literary culture. The newly enlarged scale of English manuscript production generated a problem: namely, a need for new images. Not only did these images need to accompany narratives that often had no tradition of illustration, they also had to express novel concepts, including ones as foundational as the identity and suitable representation of an English poet. In devising this new corpus, manuscript artists harnessed visual allusion as a method to articulate central questions and provide at times conflicting answers regarding both literary and cultural authority. Sonja Drimmer traces how, just as the poets embraced intertexuality as a means of invention, so did illuminators devise new images through referential techniques—assembling, adapting, and combining images from a range of sources in order to answer the need for a new body of pictorial matter. Featuring more than one hundred illustrations, 27 of them in color, The Art of Allusion is the first book devoted to the emergence of England's literary canon as a visual as well as a linguistic event.
Item Number: 147442
Title: Divine Conception: The Art of the Annunciation
Author: Drummond, Sarah
Record created on 11/28/2017
Description: London: Unicorn Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 176pp., 130 color illus.
Summary: Divine Conception: The Art of the Annunciation asks the questions: How to evoke the invisible in the visible? How to convey the divine in the human? Focussing on twelve specific aspects of the Annunciation (for instance, where Mary is reading, or where Joseph is present at the event), the book explores images (paintings, illuminated manuscripts, ivories, mosaics, sculpture, wall paintings, metal work) in the context of the period when they were made. Each chapter reflects on contemporaneous treatises, sermons, patron’s requirements, devotional practices, artistic conventions, theological concerns, that informed the artist and his audience. The works of art discussed relate to the Latin West from the earliest times, with a cut-off date towards the middle of the 16th century.
Item Number: 148314
Title: The Essential DUCHAMP
Author: Affron, Matthew (et al)
Record created on 03/14/2018
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2018. 25cm., pbk., 232pp., 180 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: This richly illustrated publication explores the full career of the hugely influential and endlessly fascinating French-American artist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968). A pioneer whose creative output was predicated on a fundamental questioning of what art is, Duchamp is well known despite remaining mysterious as an artist, owing to his elusive persona and the unconventional nature of his work. Focusing on the world-renowned Duchamp collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Essential Duchamp tells the artist’s story through four key periods. The book begins with his early paintings and engagement with the avant-garde, then charts his abandonment of painting and invention of the readymade. This is followed by the creation of his alter ego Rrose Sélavy and the optical experiments of the interwar years, and, finally, by the making of Étant donnés (1946–66), the project that occupied the artist in the final two decades of his life. Shorter accompanying texts include explanations of key terms Duchamp used for his innovative ideas—readymade, pictorial nominalism, precision optics, and infrathin—as well as interviews and statements by the artist about his own art and ideas.
Item Number: 149018
Title: René d’Harnoncourt and the Art of Installation
Author: Elligott, Michelle
Record created on 05/25/2018
Description: New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2018. 27cm., hardcover, 176pp., 204 color illus.
Summary: Rene d'Harnoncourt served as the director of the Museum of Modern Art from 1949 to 1968, and was known for his conscientious approach to curating exhibitions and his genius for installation design and display. His interest in non-Western and non-modern art shaped much of MoMA's ambitious programming in the mid-20th century: in addition to shows addressing modern art, such as The Sculpture of Picasso (1968) and Modern Art in Your Life (1949), he organized exhibitions devoted to themes not generally associated with MoMA, including Indian Art of the United States (1941), Arts of the South Seas (1946), Ancient Arts of the Andes (1954) and Art of the Asmat: The Collection of Michael C. Rockefeller (1962). This publication delves deep into the MoMA Archives to reveal d'Harnoncourt's mastery of installation through an essay by Michelle Elligott and an exploration of 12 of the exhibitions he installed at MoMA, each richly illustrated by d'Harnoncourt's mostly previously unpublished sketches alongside exhibition photographs. A master draftsman, d'Harnoncourt produced meticulous sketches of installation vistas as well as the objects included in his exhibitions. An illustrated chronology of d'Harnoncourt's life rounds out the volume, detailing his multifaceted journey from birth as a count into a landowning family in Austria, to his time as a commercial artist in Mexico, to his post working for Nelson A. Rockefeller in the US State Department (Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs), which eventually led to his appointment at MoMA.
Item Number: 141888
Title: Making Heimat, Germany : Germany, Arrival Country
Author: Elser, Oliver (et al)
Price: $3.00 Original Price: $15.00
Record created on 06/19/2016
Description: Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2016. 23cm., pbk., 288pp., 200 color illus. English-German text.
Summary: The current refugee situation is the starting point for the exhibition in the German Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2016. The theme of the pavilion is not only the status quo of overcrowded reception centers for refugees or the necessary ad hoc plans for new housing. What happens afterwards, so that the new arrivals remain in Germany legally, achieve immigrant status, and are integrated into German society? The book Arrival City by the Canadian journalist Doug Saunders has several surprising answers to this question at hand, with the result that he was taken on as a consultant for the German Pavilion. His demands, which he developed based on research conducted in more than twenty cities on five continents, can also be applied to the situation in the German cities of arrival. While some of Saunders’s theories draw a consensus, others are provocative.
(The Biennale di Venezia, 15th International Architecture Exhibition)
Item Number: 148614
Title: Life Along The Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family
Author: Estersohn, Pieter
Record created on 04/06/2018
Description: New York: Rizzoli, 2018. 28cm,. hardcover, 336pp. illus.
Summary: This scenic stretch of estates along the Hudson offers some of the finest examples of American architecture and landscape design. The edition's thirty-five featured homes were designed in a range of styles by notable architects Stanford White, A. J. Davis, Calvert Vaux, Warren and Wetmore, and more. All pair exquisite interiors with expansive lush lawns and riverfront views. Formerly country homes for eighteenth-century landed gentry and nineteenth-century industrialists--Astors, Chanlers, Chapmans, Delanos, Roosevelts--they include Dutch colonial cottages and grand Gothic Revival, Federal, Georgian, and Beaux-Arts residences. Constructed on land owned by the influential Livingston family, who settled in the area in the late seventeenth century, many have been restored to their former splendor by the original owners' descendants as well as recent leaders of New York City industry and the arts, including Richard Jenrette and Brice Marden.
Item Number: 110155
Title: Fashion, Art and Renaissance : Racconti Fotografici a Sabbioneta
Author: Falbo, Isabella ; Ferruccio Giromini (eds)
Price: $5.79 Original Price: $28.95
Record created on 11/02/2010
Description: Mantova: Sometti, 2010. 21cm., pbk., 93pp. illus., many in color. Italian text. Exhibition of contemporary fashion held at Galleria degli Antichi, Mantova. (Collana Ermes, 2)
Item Number: 55933
Title: Orti antichi: Dieci Palazzi nel Cuore di Milano : Uno sviluppo Europa risorse. A Development by Europa Risorse
Author: Fantasia, Maria Elena, Giovanni Tavano (eds)
Price: $10.50 Original Price: $105.00
Record created on 04/14/2008
Description: Pescara: Carsa, 2007. 32cm., pbk., slipcase, 131pp. with numerous color photos. Italian-English text.
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