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Item Number: 140096
Title: HENDRICK DE CLERCK (1560-1630) : Politics as Painting
Author: van Cauteren, Katharina
Price: $45.00 Original Price: $150.00
Record created on 02/22/16
Description: Tielt: Lannoo, 2016. 30cm., hardcover, 416pp. prof. illus. English text
Summary: Apart from a handful of art historians no sane person has ever heard of the Brussels painter Hendrick De Clerck (1560-1630). Nevertheless, De Clerck was a contemporary of Peter Paul Rubens and like Rubens he worked for the Archdukes Albert and Isabella. But while Rubens has gone down in history as an artistic trailblazer and painting powerhouse, Hendrick De Clerck has quietly faded into oblivion. Yet the subtly coded, vibrantly coloured pictures that De Clerck paints for Albert and Isabella are political propaganda of the highest order. In creating a mode of archducal representation that could help to gain an empire, the sky is quite literally the limit. De Clerck represents Isabella as wise Minerva, chaste Diana, the Virgin Mary. And that's nothing compared to her husband, for in De Clerck's paintings Albert is transformed into the sun god Apollo or even into Jesus Christ himself. Hendrick De Clerck's mastery of ingenious pictorial strategy made him a leading player in one of the most ambitious projects history has ever seen. For those who know how to read them, his paintings tell a story of power, political promises, and grandiose ambition. Most of all, they are supreme examples of image-building. For as the Archdukes were well aware, even as a monarch you're only as important as you make yourself.
Item Number: 105693
Title: JACQUES ANDROUET DU CERCEAU "un des plus grands architectes qui se soient jamais trouvés en France"
Author: Guillhaume, Jean ; Peter Fuhring (eds)
Price: $14.95 Original Price: $85.00
Record created on 02/05/10
Description: Paris: Picard, 2010. 29cm., hardcover, 352pp., 416 illus., several in color. Exhibition held at musée des Monuments francais, Paris. (Du Cerceau 1515-1584)
Item Number: 138091
Title: EDVARD MUNCH : Archetypes
Author: Alarco, Paloma (et al)
Price: $30.00 Original Price: $75.00
Record created on 10/01/15
Description: Madrid: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2015. 28cm., hardcover, 232pp. illus., most in color. English text.
Summary: The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, with the generous collaboration of the Munch Museum in Oslo, presents the first exhibition devoted to the Norwegian artist held in Madrid since 1984. Curated by Paloma Alarcó, Chief Curator of Modern Painting at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Jon-Ove Steihaug, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Munch Museum,Edvard Munch: Archetypes explores the painter’s contributions to the history of modern art, accomplishments that make him—along with Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh—one of its founding figures. The exhibition brings together an extensive catalogue of contemporary humankind’s emotional archetypes and existential obsessions, ranging from love and desire, to jealousy, melancholy, and angst, to illness and death. The nine sections into which it has been subdivided are structured around the representation of the human form in difference scenarios, including the seaside, the sickroom, the abyss, the green room, the forest, the night, and the artist’s studio. In each of these sections, early works are combined with later versions, both paintings and prints, in order to emphasize the thematic circularity of Munch’s output. The radicalness of his pictorial language is revealed in the play of flat and sinuous forms, in the expressive deformation of the human body, in the symbolism of colour, and in his use of experimental textures and techniques in printmaking, with which Munch explored the relationships between external signs of the physical world and the hidden spiritual dimension of reality. Munch’s long and prolific career, which lasted until his death in 1944, is represented by eighty works; half of these are from the Munch Museum itself, while the others come from European and American collections such as the Nasjonalmuseum in Oslo, the Tate, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, the Kunsthaus in Zürich, and MoMA in New York.
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