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New titles week of 02/20/2017: Found 80 titles
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Item Number: 144595
Title: LAURIE ANDERSON : The Witness of the Body
Author: de Blasio, Davide
Price: $49.50
ISBN: 9788856905489
Record created on 02/15/2017
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Description: Napoli: Arte'm, 2016. 30cm., pbk., 144pp. illus. English text. Exhibition held at ex-Chiostro di S. Caterina a Formiello, Naples.
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Item Number: 144590
Title: Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin
Author: Bailey, Colin B. ; Carina Fryklund ; John Marciari ; Magnus Olausson ; Jennifer Tonkovich
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 9780875981796
Record created on 02/14/2017
Description: New York: The Morgan Library & Museum, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 268pp. prof. illus., most in color. Exhibition catalogue.

Summary: The core holdings of the Nationalmuseum, Sweden, were assembled by Count Carl Gustaf Tessin (1696–1770), a diplomat and one of the great art collectors of his day. On assignment in Paris from 1739, Tessin came into contact with the leading artists of the time and commissioned many works from them. He was also among the most active buyers at major sales of old master paintings and drawings. By the time he left Paris in 1742, he had amassed a truly impressive collection. Now, for the first time, the Nationalmuseum, Sweden’s largest and most distinguished art institution, is partnering with the Morgan to bring more than seventy-five masterpieces from its collections to New York for a rare visit. The show and catalogue include work by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Raphael, Annibale Carracci, Hendrik Goltzius, Jacques Callot, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn, Antoine Watteau, and François Boucher.

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Item Number: 144607
Title: The Archaeology of Lucanian Cult Places : Fourth Century BC to the Early Imperial Age
Author: Battiloro, Ilaria
Price: $149.95
ISBN: 9781472423917
Record created on 02/16/2017
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Description: London-New York: Routledge, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 360pp., 62 illus.

Summary: With the emergence and structuring of the Lucanian ethnos during the fourth century BC, a network of cult places, set apart from habitation spaces, was created at the crossroads of the most important communication routes of ancient Lucania. These sanctuaries became centers of social and political aggregation of the local communities; a space in which the community united for all the social manifestations that, in urban societies, were usually performed within the city space. With a detailed analysis of the archaeological record, this study traces the historical and archaeological narrative of Lucanian cult places from their creation to the Late Republican Age, which saw the incorporation of southern Italy into the Roman state. By placing the sanctuaries within their territorial, political, social, and cultural context, Battiloro offers insight into the diachronic development of sacred architecture and ritual customs in ancient Lucania. The author highlights the role of material evidence in constructing the significance of sanctuaries in the historical context in which they were used, and crucial new evidence from the most recent archaeological investigations is explored in order to define dynamics of contact and interaction between Lucanians and Romans on the eve of the Roman conquest.

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Item Number: 144053
Title: BELLOTTO and CANALETTO : Wonder and Light
Author: Kowalczyk, Anna Bosena
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9788836635566
Record created on 12/16/2016
Description: Milano: Silvana, 2016. 24cm., pbk., 384pp., ca. 250 color illus. Exhibition held at Gallerie d'italia, Milan. English edition.

Summary: This book reveals the extraordinary artistic relationship between Canaletto (Venice 1697 – 1768) and Bernardo Bellotto (Venice 1722 – Warsaw 1780): from the speed with which the exceptional young nephew learned from the teachings of his uncle – leading him to become his alter ego in works for English collectors – to the end of their direct relationship, with Canaletto in London and Bellotto in European capitals such as Dresden and Warsaw. Then this book highlights the interests developed by Bellotto on his travels: his rigorous perspectives and precise rendering of architecture, but also of landscapes and portraiture, modern themes that differentiate him significantly from his uncle, who clung to the more splendid and idealised eighteenth century. The recent rediscovery of the inventory of goods from Bellotto's house in Dresden – included here –finally offers a key to understanding the culture and personality of an artist who was one of the eighteenth-century's most restless and free.

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Item Number: 144627
Title: KATHERINE BERNHARDT
Author: Nadel, Dan
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 9780998523217
Record created on 02/17/2017
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Description: New York: Canada, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 176pp. illus.

Summary: This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of Katherine Bernhardt’s wildly popular pattern paintings. Spanning 2013 through 2016, it collects over 100 of her brightly colored canvases. Well known for paintings of super models ripped from glossy fashion magazines and, more recently, Morrocan rug motifs, in 2013 Bernhardt dropped all direct quotation and now paints straight from her imagination, mining her own fertile reservoir of experience, imagery and sensation. Since then, Bernhardt has produced paintings that mix an assortment of objects reflecting her daily experiences, from life in New York to her love of Puerto Rico, her Saint Louis roots and family life. The objects are painted with incredible verve and tenacity, and include a jumble of the following items on colorfully activated grounds: watermelon slices, boom boxes, computers, pizza slices, cassette tapes, hamburgers, basketballs, old cell phones, airplanes, fruit, sharks, water, sea turtles, cigarettes, sharpies and keyboards. Bernhardt presents a slightly delirious feeling of New York City, the out-of-date and the up-to-the-minute all in one.

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Item Number: 144639
Title: The Middle Ages in the Modern World : Twenty-first century perspectives
Author: Bildhauer, Bettina ; Chris Jones (eds)
Price: $135.00
ISBN: 9780197266144
Record created on 02/20/2017
Available September 2017
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Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 450pp., 8 color, 96 b&w illus.

Contents: 1. Introduction - The Middle Ages in the Modern World - Twenty-first-century Perspectives, Bettina Bildhauer and Chris Jones. 2. Thorkel Farserk Goes for a Swim - Climate Change, the Medieval Optimum, and the Perils of Amateurism, Bruce Holsinger. 3. 'The North Remembers' - The Uses and Abuses of the Middle Ages in Irish Political Culture, Eamon Byers, Stephen Kelly, and Kath Stevenson. 4. Writing the Nation - Historians and National Identities from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Centuries, Patrick Geary. 5. War, Church, Empire, and the Medieval in British Histories for Children, Andrew Lynch. 6. 'Adventure? What is that?' On Iwein, Felicitas Hoppe. 7. Saints' Cults and Celebrity, James Robinson. 8. Is Medieval Music the New Avant-Garde? The Wilful, the Wayward, and the Playful, Graham Coatman. 9. Medievalism, Byzantinism, and Bulgarian Politics through the Archival Lens, Fani Gargova. 10. Digital Mouvance - Once and Future Medieval Poetry Remediated in the Modern World, Chris Jones. 11. Forging 'Medieval' Identities - Fortini's Calendimaggio and Pasolini's Trilogy of Life, Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri and Lila Yawn. 12. Chaucer and Wordsworth's Vivid Daisies, Elizabeth Robertson. 13. Time, Place, Language, and Translation - Ciaran Carson's The Inferno and The Tain, Conor McCarthy. 14. Visuality, Violence, and the Return of the Middle Ages - Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds as an Adaptation of the Nibelungen Story, Bettina Bildhauer. 15. Black Skin, Green Masks - Medieval Foliate Heads, Racial Trauma, and Queer World-making, Carolyn Dinshaw. 16. The Medium is the Byzantine - Popular Culture and the Byzantine, Roland Betancourt. (Proceedings of the British Academy)

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Item Number: 141072
Title: UMBERTO BOCCIONI : Catalogo generale delle opere
Author: Calvesi, Maurizio ; Alberto Dambruoso
Price: $395.00
ISBN: 9788842224099
Record created on 04/29/2016
Description: Torino: Allemandi, 2016. 2 vols. 33cm., hardcover, 800pp., 1400 illus., most in color.

Summary: Nel centenario della morte dell'artista e a distanza di trentatré anni dalla pubblicazione del catalogo ragionato 'Umberto Boccioni. L'opera completa', a cura di Maurizio Calvesi ed Ester Coen (Electa Mondadori, 1983), il grande numero di opere venute alla luce in questi ultimi decenni (più di centocinquanta) ha reso necessaria una compilazione aggiornata del catalogo generale dell'opera di Umberto Boccioni. Ulteriore motivo che ha portato a questa nuova edizione è stato quello di rivedere qualche imprecisione contenuta nel precedente volume, grazie ad alcuni documenti rinvenuti negli ultimi anni, con la finalità di restituire, nella maniera più completa possibile, la vicenda artistica e umana di colui che può essere considerato il più grande pittore e scultore italiano del primo Novecento. La recente riscoperta presso gli archivi della Biblioteca Civica di Verona dell'album contenente numerose riproduzioni di opere d'arte raccolte da Boccioni prima della svolta futurista, presentato in occasione della mostra a cura di Francesca Rossi e Agostino Contò a Palazzo Reale a Milano per la ricorrenza del primo centenario della morte dell'artista, rivela quanto lo studio dedicato a Boccioni sia tuttora fertile e stimolante. Questo nuovo catalogo è l'esito di oltre sette anni di ricerca condotta sotto la supervisione di Maurizio Calvesi, attraverso un'attenta analisi del nuovo materiale raccolto e di ogni singola opera rinvenuta. La ricerca, affidata ad Alberto Dambruoso, è stata resa possibile grazie al premio internazionale Balzan, vinto nel 2008 da Calvesi, che prevedeva l'assegnazione di borse di studio a ricercatori per sviluppare progetti nell'ambito storico-artistico. L' enorme mole di studi sull'artista futurista portati avanti da Calvesi nel corso di oltre sessant'anni di esperienza, studi ancora oggi fondamentali e imprescindibili per la comprensione critica dell'intera vicenda artistica del grande Boccioni, ha costituito la solida base del lavoro.

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Item Number: 144571
Title: Il mosaico del catino absidale di S. Pudenziana : La storia, i restauri, le interpretazioni
Author: Braconi, Matteo
Price: $125.00
ISBN: 9788862445627
Record created on 02/10/2017
Description: Todi: Editrice Tau, 2016. 33cm., hardcover, 336pp. prof. illus., most in color.

Summary: Le vicende storiche che legano la realizzazione della basilica di S. Pudenziana al pontificato di papa Siricio (384-399) per opera dei presbiteri Ilicio, Massimo e Leopardo sono ben note grazie ad una serie di testimonianze archeologhe ed epigrafiche che, per molti versi, consentono di ricostruire un quadro nitido e dettagliato dei modi e dei tempi con cui, allo scadere del IV secolo, si impiantò, alle pendici dell’Esquilino e a ridosso del vicus Urbanus, la chiesa di Pudente. Più problematico risulta invece il quadro cronologico relativo al mosaico del catino absidale, poiché se, da una parte, varie testimonianze epigrafiche suggeriscono di ricondurre la sua realizzazione nell’ambito del primo progetto edilizio promosso dai tre presbiteri durante l’età siricana, dall’altra, invece, alcune iscrizioni, ora perdute, spingono la datazione della decorazione absidale oltre l’età di Siricio, superando le soglie del IV secolo, sino ad arrivare al pontificato di papa Innocenzo I (401-417).

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Item Number: 144613
Title: Italian merchants in the early-modern Spanish monarchy : Business relations, identities and political resources
Author: Brilli, Catia ; Manuel Herrero Sánchez (eds)
Price: $149.95
ISBN: 9781138717718
Record created on 02/16/2017
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Description: London-New York: Routledge, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 164pp.

Contents: 1. The business relations, identities and political resources of Italian merchants in the early-modern Spanish monarchy - some introductory remarks, Manuel Herrero Sánchez. 2. Tuscan merchants in Andalusia - a historiographical debate, Angela Orlandi. 3. A Genoese merchant and banker in the Kingdom of Naples - Ottavio Serra and his business network in the Spanish polycentric system, c.1590-1620, Yasmina Rocío Ben Yessef Garfia. 4. Looking through the mirrors - materiality and intimacy at Domenico Grillo's mansion in Baroque Madrid, Felipe Gaitán Ammann. 5. Small but powerful - networking strategies and the trade business of Habsburg-Italian merchants in Cadiz in the second half of the eighteenth century, Klemens Kaps. 6. Coping with Iberian monopolies - Genoese trade networks and formal institutions in Spain and Portugal during the second half of the eighteenth century, Catia Brilli.

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Item Number: 144623
Title: Looking at Men : Art, Anatomy and the Modern Male Body
Author: Callen, Anthea
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9780300112948
Record created on 02/17/2017
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 26cm., hardcover, 256pp., 30 color, 100 b&w illus.
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Item Number: 144620
Title: La giovinezza dei CARRACCI : Ludovico, Agostino e Annibale Carracci
Author: Nicosia, Maria Teresa
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 9788897550570
Record created on 02/17/2017
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Description: Faenza: Carta Blanca, 2016. 24cm., pbk., 108pp. illus.

Summary: Una giovinezza studiosa e inquieta (anni 1580-1595). Questa lettura storica che deriva dalle pagine del conte Carlo Cesare Malvasia, giurista e scrittore d'arte bolognese vissuto tra il 1617 e il 1693, è stata condotta - quanto a trascrizione - nel modo più fedele possibile alle particolarità di una scrittura critica nutrita di un elevato numero di varianti, di immagini retoriche, di anacoluti e di metafore del pensiero barocco. Esse costituiscono una dote preziosa per la migliore comprensione del testo e del suo orizzonte sociale e di cultura. Riteniamo, allora, più utile una lettura di normale intuizione personale, ricca quale appare di parole e di annotazioni che sono, ancora oggi, patrimonio della società 'bassa' e del suo dialetto, talvolta addirittura in uso quotidiano o familiare.

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Item Number: 144647
Title: Marking the Jews in Renaissance Italy : Politics, Religion, and the Power of Symbols
Author: Cassen, Flora
Price: $99.99
ISBN: 9781107175433
Record created on 02/20/2017
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Description: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, ca. 300pp.

Summary: It is a little known fact that as early as the thirteenth century, Europe's political and religious powers tried to physically mark and distinguish the Jews from the rest of society. During the Renaissance, Italian Jews first had to wear a yellow round badge on their chest, and then later, a yellow beret. The discriminatory marks were a widespread phenomenon with serious consequences for Jewish communities and their relations with Christians. Beginning with a sartorial study - how the Jews were marked on their clothing and what these marks meant - the book offers an in-depth analysis of anti-Jewish discrimination across three Italian city-states: Milan, Genoa, and Piedmont. Moving beyond Italy, it also examines the place of Jews and Jewry law in the increasingly interconnected world of Early Modern European politics.

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Item Number: 144652
Title: Il papa e le sue vesti Da Paolo V a Giovanni Paolo II (1600-2000)
Author: Cataldi Gallo, Marzia
Price: $115.00
ISBN: 9788882713898
Record created on 02/21/2017
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Description: Citta del Vaticano: Edizioni Musei Vaticani, 2016. 29cm., hardcover, 464pp., 364 color illus. Italian text.

Summary: A volume dedicated to the Pope’s liturgical vestments preserved in the Papal Sacristy. The author analyses the importance of vestments and the solemn ritual of investiture, and illustrates in detail the robes of all the popes who have succeeded over the last four centuries, from 1600 to 2000, paying special attention to the evolution of style. The first two chapters explain everyday robes and those used in liturgical celebrations, the meaning of the colours, and the relationship between popes and artisans, especially weavers and embroiderers; these are followed by a catalogue of vestments divided by papacy. Each section begins with the biography of the pope, and offers detailed art-historical descriptions of the various types of robes he wore – gowns, mozzettas, stoles, skullcaps, capes and shoes – as well as detailed informative notes on location, cataloguing, measurements, state of conservation and, above all, an exhaustive analysis of the embroidery. The volume is richly illustrated with numerous colour photographs and splendid details enabling a close-up view of the fabrics and in particular the embroidery, highlighting its preciousness and beauty.

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Item Number: 143447
Title: Richelieu. Quatre siècles d’histoire architecturale au cœur de Paris
Author: Conraux, Aurelien (et al)
Price: $79.95
ISBN: 9782717725650
Record created on 10/23/2016
Description: Paris: Bibliotheque nationale de France, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 298pp., ca. 200 illus.

Contents: Formation et déformation d'un monument parisien, Alexandre Gady ; Les décors du palais Mazarin, Bénédicte Gady, Barbara Brejon de Lavergnée ; 1728. Un duel sans merci entre l'Architecte et le Bibliothécaire, Françoise Bléchet ; La bibliothèque absolue d'Etienne-Louis Boullée, Jean-Philippe Garric ; La Bibliothèque sous la Révolution française et le Conservatoire, Jean-François Foucaud ; Henri Labrouste. Modernité et tradition dans le Paris haussmannien, Alice Thomine-Berrada ; L'administrateur et l'architecte. Une cohabitation orageuse, Marie Galvez ; L'isolement de la Bibliothèque, Bruno Blasselle ; Louis-Emile Durandelle, photographe des travaux, Charlotte Leblanc ; Jean-Louis Pascal et Alfred Recoura. Un duo de grands constructeurs, Anne Richard-Bazire ; Jean-Louis Pascal, architecte et muséographe, Félicity Bodenstein ; Michel Roux-Spitz. Une modernisation de l'intérieur, Simon Texier, Léa Muller ; La " Nationale " dans l'objectif de Gisèle Freund, Dominique Versavel ; Julien Cain et Michel Roux-Spitz, une estime réciproque, Martine Poulain ; " Toute la mémoire du monde " d'Alain Resnais, Alain Carou ; La Bibliothèque nationale en quête d'espace, Christine Mengin ; Rénover Richelieu, Jacqueline Sanson ; Jean-Christophe Ballot, l'oeil du chantier, Aurélien Conraux ; Pour une nouvelle bibliothèque de l'Institut nationale d'histoire de l'art, Antoinette Le Normand-Romain ; La bibliothèque de l'Ecole nationale des chartes en ses murs, Jean-Michel Leniaud ; Ouvrir le Quadrilatère, entretien avec Bruno Gaudin et Virginie Brégal ; Restaurer la salle Labrouste, entretien avec Jean-François Lagneau.

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Item Number: 143381
Title: Clerical Households in Late Medieval Italy
Author: Cossar, Roisin
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 9780674971899
Record created on 10/18/2016
Description: Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 240pp.

Summary: Roisin Cossar brings a new perspective to the history of the Christian church in fourteenth century Italy by examining how clerics managed efforts to reform their domestic lives in the decades after the arrival of the Black Death. Priests at the end of the Middle Ages resembled their lay contemporaries as they entered into domestic relationships with women, fathered children, and took responsibility for managing households, or familiae. Cossar limns a complex portrait of daily life in the medieval clerical familia that traces the phases of its development. Many priests began their vocation as apprentices in the households of older clerics. In middle age, priests fully embraced the traditional role of paterfamilias—patriarchs with authority over their households, including servants and, especially in Venice, slaves. As fathers they endeavored to establish their illegitimate sons in a clerical family trade. They also used their legal knowledge to protect their female companions and children against a church that frowned on such domestic arrangements and actively sought to stamp them out. Clerical Households in Late Medieval Italy refutes the longstanding charge that the late medieval clergy were corrupt, living licentious lives that failed to uphold priestly obligations. In fashioning a domestic culture that responded flexibly to their own needs, priests tempered the often unrealistic expectations of their superiors. Their response to the rigid demands of church reform allowed the church to maintain itself during a period of crisis and transition in European history. (I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History)

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Item Number: 144638
Title: A Changing Art: Nineteenth-Century Painting Practice and Conservation
Author: Costaras, Nicola (ed)
Price: $80.00
ISBN: 9781909492547
Record created on 02/20/2017
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Description: London: Archetype, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 180pp. illus.

Summary: This publication contains papers from the BAPCR Conference 2016. Papers include talks on past issues and current problems. They examine approaches to restoration and the presentation of paintings in the nineteenth century as well as technical analysis and research into nineteenth-century artists' materials and working methods. The conference also examined the challenges faced by today's conservators when treating works from this period. The papers are illustrated with a large range of case studies.

Contents: Keynote Address - Alteration, restoration and why pictures foam - what conservators can learn from Victorian artists' colourmen, Sally Woodcock, Hamilton Kerr Institute ; Nineteenth Century Restoration in Public Galleries in Britain in the National Portrait Gallery, Jacob Simon ; Nineteenth-Century Oil Painting Materials and Techniques Research - A Review of Key Findings from Documentary Sources, Results from Reconstructions with Historically Appropriate Materials and Suggestions for Future Research, Dr Leslie Carlyle ; Delacroix - Mid-Century Modern Master, Adele Wright, Tate ; The Retouching Practices of John Linnell and the Challenges Posed to Conservators - A Case Study of Hanson Toot, View in Dovedale, Roxane Sperber ; "Oily Drops on the Window Pane," Rosalind Whitehouse ; Giovanni Boldini - Technique and Conservation. A Systematic Scientific Study of Forty Paintings and Eight Watercolours, Fabio Frezzato (et al) ; The Barbizon Paintings at the National Gallery, London - A Technical Survey, Gabriella Macaro ; Ernst Victor Hareux and the Barbizon Artists, Hayley Tomlinson (et al) ; The Conservation and Research of Two Paintings by Alfred East RA, Michaela Straub ; 'These pitchy pigments from their very nature never harden' - Nineteenth-Century Perspective on Premature Cracking in Oil Paintings, Nicola Costaras ; George Hendrik Breitner at Work - A Joint Perspective on Nineteenth-Century Artistic Practice, Nienke Woltman, Suzanne Veldink ; The Cleaning of a Solvent Sensitive Painting by Jacob Maris, Lidwien Speleers ; Observations on Rudolf Swoboda's Painting Technique, Nele Bordt, Katy Saunders-Blessley.

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Item Number: 144644
Title: The Bar Books: Manuscripts Illuminated for Renaud de Bar, Bishop of Metz (1303-1316)
Author: Davenport, Kay
Price: $160.00
ISBN: 9782503574677
Record created on 02/20/2017
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Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 500pp., 16 colr, 254 b&w illus.

Summary: This study gives an overview of the man and his books, paying special attention to the heraldry, the calendars, and the marginalia in three appendices. Renaud de Bar (d. 1316) was the sixty-ninth bishop of Metz, and the fourth son of the powerful count of Bar. The house of Bar had a distinguished lineage intertwined with most of the important European houses, and Renaud’s eldest brother married the eldest daughter of the king of England. In the last century, as manuscripts were identified and attributed, realisation has gradually dawned that he commissioned six de luxe manuscripts for his particular use in the course of his rapid rise to the episcopacy. The heraldry of his Breviary in two volumes is unique, astonishing in a church book, as it contains about 180 non-Bar shields of arms in two-line initials, in addition to about 225 shields of Bar and Toucy, belonging to his immediate family, and his own personal shield which in the course of the book is scrupulously modified to reflect his elevation to the chair at Metz. This detailed study gives a novel overview of the man and his books, paying special attention to the heraldry, the calendars, and the marginalia in three appendices. (Manuscripta Illuminata, 2)

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Item Number: 144648
Title: Murder in Renaissance Italy
Author: Dean, Trevor ; Kate Lowe (eds)
Price: $99.99
ISBN: 9781107136649
Record created on 02/20/2017
Available July 2017
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Description: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, ca. 330pp.

Contents; 1. The first murder - the representation of Cain and Abel in Bologna, Florence and Bergamo Scott Nethersole. 2. Knives and poisons - stereotypes of male vendetta and female perfidy in late Medieval Sicily, 1293-1460 Henri Bresc. 3. A daughter-killing digested, and accepted (Sabine district of Rome, 1563 to 1566) Thomas V. Cohen. 4. Eight varieties of homicide - Bologna in the 1340s and 1440s Trevor Dean. 5. Homicide in a culture of hatred - Bologna, 1352-1420 Sarah Rubin Blanshei. 6. Truths and lies of a renaissance murder - Duke Alessandro de' Medici's death between history, narrative and memory Stefano Dall'Aglio. 7. 'O Facinus Inauditum' (O horrendous crime) - anthropophagy in Renaissance Milan Silvio Leydi. 8. Murder ballads - singing, hearing, writing and reading about murder in Renaissance Italy Rosa Salzberg and Massimo Rospocher. 9. Redrawing the line between murder and suicide in Renaissance Italy Kate Lowe. 10. Violent conflicts and murder involving Jews in Renaissance Italy Anna Esposito. 11. Poison and poisoning in Renaissance Italy Alessandro Pastore. 12. Mass murder in sacks during the Italian wars, 1494-1559 Stephen Bowd. 13. Legal homicide - the death penalty in the Italian Renaissance Enrica Guerra. 14. Butchers as murderers in Renaissance Italy C. D. Dickerson, III.

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Item Number: 144624
Title: Facture: Conservation, Science, Art History, Volume 3 : DEGAS
Author: Barbour, Daphne ; Suzanne Quillen Lomax (eds)
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 9780300230116
Record created on 02/17/2017
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2017. 29cm., pbk., 196pp., 162 color illus.

Summary: Facture, a biennial journal presenting peer-reviewed scholarly articles, addresses issues from conservation treatment and technical art history to scientific research, fostering a dialogue among art historians, scientists, and conservators in the international community. Volume 3 is devoted to the corpus of Edgar Degas. Articles focus on finish in his paintings; analysis of his posthumous bronze casts; and his unconventional use of materials, including tracing paper for a late pastel, wax for his sculpture, and the degree to which he pushed traditional techniques beyond conventional boundaries. Two shorter pieces explore Degas’s soft ground etchings and his sonnet on the contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship on art.

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Item Number: 144643
Title: Collecting the World : Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum
Author: Delbourgo, James
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9780674737334
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Description: Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 384pp. illus.

Summary; In 1759 the British Museum opened its doors to the general public—the first free national museum in the world. James Delbourgo’s biography of Hans Sloane recounts the story behind its creation, told through the life of a figure with an insatiable ambition to pit universal knowledge against superstition and the means to realize his dream. Born in northern Ireland in 1660, Sloane amassed a fortune as a London society physician, becoming a member of the Whig establishment and president of the Royal Society and Royal College of Physicians. His wealth and contacts enabled him to assemble an encyclopedic collection of specimens and objects—the most famous cabinet of curiosities of its time. For Sloane, however, collecting a world of objects meant collecting a world of people, including slaves. His marriage to the heir of sugar plantations in Jamaica gave Sloane access to the experiences of planters and the folkways of their human property. With few curbs on his passion for collecting, he established a network of agents to supply artifacts from China, India, North America, the Caribbean, and beyond. Wampum beads, rare manuscripts, a shoe made from human skin—nothing was off limits to Sloane’s imagination. This splendidly illustrated volume offers a new perspective on the entanglements of global scientific discovery with imperialism in the eighteenth century. The first biography of Sloane based on the full range of his writings and collections, Collecting the World tells the rich and complex story of one of the Enlightenment’s most controversial luminaries.

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Item Number: 142162
Title: De l’expertise artistique à la vulgarisation au siècle des Lumières : JEAN-BAPTISTE DESCAMPS (1715-1791) et la peinture flamande, hollandaise et allemande
Author: Maes, Gaetane
Price: $165.00
ISBN: 9782503567709
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Description: Turnhout: Brepols, 2016. 28cm., pbk., 608pp., 20 color, 89 b&w illus.

Summary: Cette étude de la carrière et des livres de Jean-Baptiste Descamps contribue à définir le statut de l’expertise artistique et de l’écriture de vulgarisation dans l’Europe des Lumières. Peintre flamand peu connu aujourd’hui, Jean-Baptiste Descamps (1715-1791) demeure important par les livres qu’il a publiés de son vivant. Entre 1753 et 1763, paraissent ainsi les quatre volumes de son recueil intitulé 'La vie des peintres flamands, allemands et hollandois', suivis en 1769 de la publication d’un 'Voyage pittoresque de la Flandre et du Brabant'. Ces textes ont longtemps été négligés car, contrairement aux modèles représentés par Giorgio Vasari et Karel van Mander, ils sont considérés comme de simples compilations. Consacrer une étude aux ouvrages de Descamps vise, par conséquent, à remettre en question ce postulat en soulignant les réels enjeux intellectuels que revêt l’écriture de ce polygraphe. Par ses livres, Descamps a en effet su se construire une visibilité et une légitimité d’expert de la peinture septentrionale, qui lui ont ouvert les portes de l’Académie royale de Peinture et de Sculpture à Paris en 1764. Dans ce contexte, l’enquête monographique sert ici de simple fil conducteur à des questionnements variés sur la France des Lumières, et plus particulièrement sur le rapport entre Paris et la province, entre les grands et petits maîtres, entre la littérature érudite et les écrits de vulgarisation. L’étude s’attache aussi à définir la place des Arts dans l’espace public ouvert par le développement des expositions, du marché de l’art et du tourisme culturel. Elle met enfin l’accent sur l’attraction puissante qu’ont exercée les œuvres flamandes, hollandaises et allemandes sur les collectionneurs du XVIIIe siècle. Cette synthèse sera prochainement suivie de la réédition critique du 'Voyage pittoresque de la Flandre et du Brabant', qui a été le premier guide publié en France avec l’intention explicite de proposer aux artistes et amateurs d’art une autre destination que l’Italie.

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Item Number: 144026
Title: La chiesa di Santa Lucia a Serra San Quirico
Author: Donnini, Giampiero ; Ugo Paoli
Price: $54.50
ISBN: 9788890947643
Record created on 12/15/2016
Description: Fabriano: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Fabriano e Cupramontana, 2016. 32cm., hardcover, 156pp. illus., most in color.
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Item Number: 144633
Title: Nothing and Everything : Seven Artists, 1947–1962
Author: Dreishpoon, Douglas
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 9783952446171
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Description: Zurich: Hauser & Wirth, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 80pp. illus. Exhibition held at Hauser & Wirth New York

Summary: Nothing and Everything examines the relationship between artists and composers living in New York City between the end of World War II and the early 1960s. It features seven artists—Louise Bourgeois, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell and David Smith—all of whom pushed the boundaries of their respective mediums to new realms of abstraction.

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Item Number: 140971
Title: L’architecture morte ou vive : les infortunes de la coupole de Saint-Pierre de Rome au XVIIIe siècle
Author: Dubourg-Glatigny, Pascal
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 9782728311811
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Description: Rome: Ecole francaise de Rome, 2017. 28cm., pbk., 386pp. illus.

Summary: Quelques mois après l’élection de Benoît XIV, les architectes de la Fabrique de Saint-Pierre de Rome engagèrent une série d’enquêtes de stabilité sur la coupole de la basilique. Elle présentait, depuis longtemps déjà, de nombreuses fissures. L’inquiétude s’étendit à la curie et, à l’automne 1742, elle était à son paroxysme. La pape commanda alors une expertise à des savants réputés mais étrangers au microcosme romain de l’architecture. Les résultats de leurs travaux, présentés lors d’un spectacle de démonstration scientifique mettant en scène la maquette de Michel Ange restaurée pour l’occasion, ne firent que déclencher une onde de protestations qui s’étendit sur plusieurs années. La querelle initiale, confinée dans les cercles du palais apostolique, se constitua rapidement en une controverse scientifiquement argumentée qui traversa avec une grande violence les catégories professionnelles et les clans intellectuels. Cependant, la richesse du dossier montre qu'il ne peut être réduit à un simple débat policé sur des questions techniques. Il fait apparaître la très grande diversité de conceptions sur l'architecture en vigueur dans la Rome du milieu du XVIIIe siècle, motivées par des positions identitaires, intellectuelles, religieuses et politiques discordantes. (Collection de l'Ecole Francaise de Rome, 514)

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Item Number: 144637
Title: La Siecle de Rembrandt : Chefs-d’œuvre de la collection Leiden. The Age of Rembrandt : Masterpieces of The Leiden collection
Author: Ducos, Blaise
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 9782757212158
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Description: Paris: Somogy, Musee du Louvre, 2017. 29cm., pbk., 84pp., 52 color illus. Exhibition catalogue. French-English text.

Summary: The Leiden Collection, the most important private collection of Rembrandt School paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, is named after the city of Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt. This catalogue is the first to highlight more than thirty of The Leiden Collection’s masterpieces executed by some of the greatest artists of the seventeenth-century. This survey comprises ten paintings by Rembrandt himself, one beautiful oil sketch recently attributed to the Master, as well as numerous paintings never before exhibited in France. Brilliant examples abound of the most famous Leiden 'fine painters', Gerrit Dou and Frans Van Mieris, in addition to masterworks by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Carel Fabritius, and Jan Lievens. Outstanding among the images and stories is that of a masterpiece by Ferdinand Bol, one of Rembrandt’s greatest pupils: Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well. This painting, generously donated by Thomas S. Kaplan and Daphne Recanati Kaplan, is the first gift by Americans of a Dutch painting to The Louvre.

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Item Number: 144239
Title: The Quest for the Christ Child in the Later Middle Ages
Author: Dzon, Mary
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9780812248845
Record created on 01/09/2017
Description: Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 408pp., 24 illus.

Summary: Beginning in the twelfth century, clergy and laity alike started wondering with intensity about the historical and developmental details of Jesus' early life. Was the Christ Child like other children, whose characteristics and capabilities depended on their age? Was he sweet and tender, or formidable and powerful? Not finding sufficient information in the Gospels, which are almost completely silent about Jesus' childhood, medieval Christians turned to centuries-old apocryphal texts for answers. In The Quest for the Christ Child in the Later Middle Ages, Mary Dzon demonstrates how these apocryphal legends fostered a vibrant and creative medieval piety. Popular tales about the Christ Child entertained the laity and at the same time were reviled by some members of the intellectual elite of the church. In either case, such legends, so persistent, left their mark on theological, devotional, and literary texts. The Cistercian abbot Aelred of Rievaulx urged his monastic readers to imitate the Christ Child's development through spiritual growth; Francis of Assisi encouraged his followers to emulate the Christ Child's poverty and rusticity; Thomas Aquinas, for his part, believed that apocryphal stories about the Christ Child would encourage youths to be presumptuous, while Birgitta of Sweden provided pious alternatives in her many Marian revelations. Through close readings of such writings, Dzon explores the continued transmission and appeal of apocryphal legends throughout the Middle Ages and demonstrates the significant impact that the Christ Child had in shaping the medieval religious imagination. (The Middle Ages Series)

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Item Number: 144640
Title: The Image of Political Power in the Reign of Nerva, AD 96-98
Author: Elkins, Nathan T
Price: $85.00
ISBN: 9780190648039
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Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 232pp., 91 illus.

Summary: Nerva, who ruled from 18 September AD 96 to 27 January AD 98, left little for the art historian or archaeologist on account of his short reign. In view of the paucity of decorated monuments or other visual evidence, studies of Nerva focus on the historical circumstances governing his reign with respect to the few relevant literary sources. This book, by contrast, takes the entire imperial coinage program issued by the mint of Rome to examine the self-representation, and, by extension, the policies and ideals of Nerva's regime. The shortness of Nerva's reign and the problems of retrospection caused by privileging posthumous literary sources make coinage one of the only ways of reconstructing anything of his image and ideology as it was disseminated and developed at the end of the first century. The iconography of this coinage, and the popularity and spread of different iconographic types-as determined by study of hoards and finds, and as targeted towards different ancient constituencies (the senate, soldiers, etc.)-offers a more positive take on a little studied emperor. Coinage, often ancillary to the research done by ancient historians, takes its place in this study as a visual panegyric similar to contemporary laudatory texts that taps into how the inner circle of Nerva's regime wished to be seen. After establishing the methodological premise, the four chapters of the book trace the different reverse types and how they would have resonated with their intended audiences, finally concluding with an examination of the parallels between text and coin iconography with previous and subsequent emperors in the first and second centuries AD, including Trajan.

Contents: Introduction - The Power of Images in the Reign of Nerva. Chapter 1. Nerva as Supreme Military Commander . Chapter 2. Nerva, The Senate and People of Rome, and Italy . Chapter 3. Nerva and the Roman Empire . Chapter 4. Conclusion - The Visualization of Rhetoric. Appendix 1. The Typological Makeup of Nerva's Imperial Coin Emissions . Appendix 2. Nerva's Coin Types and Their Dates of Production . Appendix 3. The Relative Frequencies of Denarius Types by Emission . Appendix 4. Identifiable Base-Metal Coins and Their Regional Distribution (Hoards and Excavations).

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Item Number: 142288
Title: Comparativism in Art History
Author: Elsner, Jas (et al)
Price: $150.00
ISBN: 9781472418845
Record created on 07/18/2016
Description: London-New York: Routledge, 2016. 24cm., hardcover, 233pp. illus. Papers from a conference held March 30-31 2012 at The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Contents: Chapter 1: Our Literal Speed, By Our Literal Speed. Chapter 2: Locations of Comparison: Some Personal Observations, by Wu Hung. Chapter 3: Bivisibility: Why Art History is Comparative, by Whitney Davis. Chapter 4: Redundacy, Transformation, Impersonation, by Margaret Olin. Chapter 5: The Object in the Comparative Context, by Ittai Weinryb. Chapter 6: Sculpture: A Comparative History, by Stanley K. Abe. Chapter 7: Intersecting Historiographies: Henri Pirenne, Ernst Herzfeld and the Myth of Origin, by Avinoam Shalem. Chapter 8: Comparativism in Anthropology: Big Questions and Scaled Comparison - an Illusive Dream?, by Susanne Küchler. Chapter 9: Was the Knidia a Statue? Art History and the Terms of Comparison, by Richard Neer. Chapter 10: Christian Marclay's Real Time Fiction, by Robert Slifkin. Chapter 11: Narrative, Naturalism and the Body in Classical Greek and Early Imperial Chinese Art, by Jeremy Tanner.

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Item Number: 144608
Title: The Early Christian World. 2nd Edition
Author: Esler, Philip F. (ed)
Price: $225.00
ISBN: 9781138200074
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Description: London-New York: Routledge, 2017. 25acm., hardcover, 1348pp.

Contents: 1. The Mediterranean Context of Early Christianity, Philip F. Esler. 2. Emperors, Armies and Bureaucrats 68-430 CE, Jill Harries. 3. Greek and Roman Philosophy and Religion, Luther Martin. 4.Jewish Tradition and Culture, James Aitken. 5. Jesus in His World, Douglas Oakman. 6.Early Jewish Christianity, Edwin Broadhead. 7.Paul and the Development of Gentile Christianity, Todd Klutz. 8.The Jesus Tradition - The Gospel Writers' Strategies of Persuasion, Richard Rohrbaugh. 9.The Second and Third Centuries, Jeffrey S. Siker. 10.From Constantine to Theodosius and Beyond, Bill Leadbetter. 11.Jewish and Christian Interaction from the First to the Fifth Centuries, Anders Runesson. 12.Mission and Expansion, Thomas Finn. 13.The Development of Office in the Early Church, Mark Edwards. 14.Christian Regional Diversity, David Taylor. 15.Monasticism, Columba Stewart OSB. 16.Reading the New Testament in Roman Britain, Richard Cleaves. 17.Sex and Sexual Renunciation I, Teresa Shaw. 18.Sex and Sexual Renunciation II - Developments in Research since 2000, Elizabeth Castelli. 19.Women, Children and House Churches, Mona LaFosse. 20.Worship, Practice and Belief, Max Johnson. 21.Ritual and the Rise of the Early Christian Movement, Risto Uro. 22.Communication and Travel, Blake Leyerle. 23.Christian Realia - Books, Papyri and Artefacts, Giovanni Bazzana. 24.Scriptures in Early Christianity, Hanne von Weissenberg and Outi Lehtipuu. 25.Saints and Hagiography, Mark Humphries. 26.Translation and Communication across Languages, Malcolm Choat. 27.The Apostolic Fathers, Carolyn Osiek. 28.The Apologists, Anders-Christian Jacobsen. 29.Early Theologians, Gerald Bray. 30.Later Theologians of the Greek East, Andrew Louth. 31.Later Theologians of the West, Ivor Davidson. 32.Creeds, Councils and Doctrinal Development, Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski. 33. Biblical Interpretation, Oskar Skarsaune. 34.Early Christian Architecture - The First Five Centures, L. Michael White. 35. Art, Robin Jensen. 36.Music, John Arthur Smith. 37.Imaginative Literature, Richard Bauckham. 38.Political Oppression and Martyrdom, Candida R. Moss. 39. Graeco-Roman Philosophical Opposition, Michael Simmons. 40. Popular Graeco-Roman Responses to Christianity, Craig de Vos. 41. Internal Renewal and Dissent in the Early Christian World, Sheila McGinn. 42. Gnosticism, Alistair Logan. 43. Montanism, Christine Trevett. 44. Donatism, Jakob Engberg. 45. Arianism, David Rankin. 46. Manichaeism, Jason BeDuhn. 47. Origen, Thomas Scheck. 48. Tertullian, Geoffrey D. Dunn. 49. Perpetua and Felicitas, Shira L. Lander and Ross S. Kraemer. 50. Constantine, Bill Leadbetter. 51. Antony the Great, Columba Stewart OSB. 52. Pachomius the Great, James E. Goehring. 53. Athanasius, David Gwynn. 54. John Chrysostom, Wendy Mayer and Pauline Allen. 55. Gregory of Nyssa, Elena Ene D-Vasilescu. 56. Jerome, Dennis Brown. 57. Ambrose, Ivor Davidson. 58. Augustine, Carol Harrison. 59. Ephrem the Syrian, Kathleen McVey. 60. Julian the Apostate.

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Item Number: 144626
Title: Automata
Author: Foulkes, Nicholas
Price: $69.95
ISBN: 9782365111348
Record created on 02/17/2017
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Description: Paris: Xavier Barral, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 320pp., 160 color illus.

Summary: Richly illustrated with etchings, manuscripts, and old documents, this book retraces the epic tale of the automaton from ancient times up to the present day. From the earliest civilizations, the necessity of measuring time was developed in order to organize social life. Since then, in the major European cities, automata have inhabited astronomical clocks that chime on the hour, punctuating the day. Wondrous objects that are at once scientific and magical, these clocks testify to the technical research and inventiveness of their designers. In 1675, the astronomer and mathematician Christian Huygens invented the spiral spring that would play a leading role in the development of smaller and more precise watches, with highly complex mechanisms. The creation of more complicated wheelwork and the use of extremely meticulous spiral springs gave free rein to clockmakers’ imaginations, who invented animated objects that fascinated philosophers and scientists alike. Doctors, thespians and thinkers of the modern world all saw these increasingly lifelike automata: wonderful simulacra of life. These articulated figurines were to inspire thought, science, literature, the performing arts and more. Continuing this tradition, the house of Van Cleef & Arpels has harnessed all of its designers’ talents to create an exceptional automaton: a fairy, whose movement celebrate the art of the inventors of past centuries. Immersed in its designer’s studio, the reader sees an automaton come to life. Automata is the most substantial survey of this popular topic currently available.

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Item Number: 144610
Title: Visualizing Venice : Mapping and Modeling Time and Change in a City
Author: Giordano, Andrea (et al)
Price: $155.00
ISBN: 9781138285996
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Description: London-New York: Routledge, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 200pp. illus.

Summary: Visualizing Venice engages with the variety of disciplines and analytical methods generated by technologies such as GIS mapping and historical cartography, databases, 3D images, video animations, prototyped models, and applications for mobile devices and the web. The essays demonstrate how the new methodologies generated by technology can change and inform the way historians think and work. Visualizing Venice provides both the theory and practice of new work in collaborative Digital Humanities; it is a model for how to interpret, represent, teach and promote knowledge of a city as space in time.

Contents: Research Methodology and Conceptual Structure (Calabi) ; Training and Teaching (Bruzelius) ; Architectural and Urban Change over Time: The Example of the Carità (Svalduz) ; Digital Technology and Exhibition Culture (Moure Cecchini and Di Stefano) ; Mapping Change and Motion in the Lagoon: the Island of San Secondo (Galeazzo) ; Buildings that Never Were: the Unbuilt Projects for Venice Hospital (Tolic) ; Digital Technologies and Architectural History. The Epistemology of a Lost Building: The Cathedral of San Pietro di Castello (Guidarelli) ; Creating a Digital Archive: The Jewish Communities of the Veneto (Massaro) ; Historical Research and GIS (Ferrighi) ; The Role and Application of Architectural and Urban Modeling (Giordano and Monteleone) ; Guidebooks and Mobile Applications: A New Mode of Communication (Szabo) ; Interactive Exhibitions: A New Way of Seeing (Olson) ; Digital Art History and Student Engagement (Lanzoni).

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Item Number: 143695
Title: Die wilden 80er Jahre in der deutsch-deutschen Malerei
Author: Gotzmann, Jutta ; Anna Havemann
Price: $49.50
ISBN: 9783731904182
Record created on 11/18/2016
Description: Petersberg: Imhof, 2016. 28cm., pbk., 176pp., 99 color, 36 b&w illus. Exhibition held at Potsdam Museum, Forum für Kunst und Geschichte

Summary: Die Ausstellung und der dazugehörige Katalog setzen die Kunst zweier Staaten in Beziehung, in denen die Menschen dieselbe Sprache und kulturelle Tradition teilten, aber durch Todesstreifen und Selbstschussanlagen voneinander ferngehalten wurden. In den 40 Jahren dieser gewaltvollen Teilung gehörten die Nachbarstaaten unterschiedlichen politischen und wirtschaftlichen Systemen an. Obwohl auch die Kunstszenen in der DDR und der Bundesrepublik gegensätzlich waren, wird eine tiefe Verbundenheit der deutschen Kultur über Grenzen hinweg besonders in den 1980er Jahren deutlich. Ähnliche Sujets, ästhetische Strategien und malerische Formulierungen lassen sich aufzeigen. Die Begriffe „Neoexpressionisten“ oder „Neue Wilde“ sind auf viele Künstlerinnen und Künstler beidseits der Mauer anwendbar. Vor allem die jüngere Generation negierte die etablierten oder von der politischen Führungselite vorgeschriebenen Kunstformen und Kunstrichtungen. Bisher sind gemeinsame Präsentationen von Werken aus Ost- und Westdeutschland nur vereinzelt vorgenommen worden. Mehr als ein Vierteljahrhundert nach Mauerfall ist es an der Zeit, in der Kunst weitere Diskurse zu führen und ihre Parallelität und Diversität herauszuarbeiten. Die Werkschau und der Katalog bieten einen Überblick über die neue deutsche figurative Malerei mit ihren expressiven und neosurrealen Impulsen. Präsentiert werden Porträts und Gruppenkompositionen, Darstellungen von Konzerten und Happenings, Interpretationen von mythologischen und biblischen Themen sowie Szenen aus dem großstädtischen Umfeld oder der Subkultur. Gemälde und Grafiken des Potsdam Museum treten in den Dialog mit Leihgaben aus deutschen Museen und Privatsammlungen. Bekannten Namen der Kunstgeschichte werden gezielt Entdeckungen zur Seite gestellt. Der Katalog umfasst vier wissenschaftliche Texte, eine ausführliche Chronik zu den kulturellen und politischen Ereignissen der 1980er Jahre sowie Künstlerstatements. Die Beiträge nehmen die Themen und Bildsujets dieser Dekade ebenso in den Blick wie künstlerische Vorbilder und Zeitbezüge. Sie zeigen die Parallelität der künstlerischen Entwicklungen in der DDR und der Bundesrepublik auf und verdeutlichen die Absurdität des deutsch-deutschen Bilderstreits, der unmittelbar nach dem Fall der Mauer einsetzte.

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Item Number: 144092
Title: Aesthetic Transcendentalism in Emerson, Peirce, and Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting
Author: Guardiano, Nicholas
Price: $80.00
ISBN: 9781498524537
Record created on 12/22/2016
Description: New York: Lexington Books, 2016. 24cm., hardcover, 184pp.

Summary: Aesthetic Transcendentalism is a philosophy endorsing the qualitative and creative aspects of nature. Theoretically it argues for a metaphysical dimension of nature that is aesthetically real, pluralistic, and prolific. It directs our attention to the rich complexity of immediate experience, the possibility of discovering new aesthetic features about the world, and the transformative potential of art as an organic expression. This book presents the philosophy in its relationship to its historical roots in the philosophic and artistic traditions of nineteenth-century North America. In this multidisciplinary study, Nicholas L. Guardiano brings together a philosophic and literary figure in Ralph Waldo Emerson, the scientifically minded philosopher Charles S. Peirce, and the plastic arts in the form of American landscape painting. Guardiano evaluates this constellation of philosophers and artists in global perspective as it relates to other historical theories of metaphysics and aesthetics, while simultaneously performing a cultural analysis that identifies an essential feature of the American mind. Aesthetic Transcendentalism thus possesses abiding significance for our vital interactions with nature, daily experiences, and contemplations of great works of art.

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Item Number: 143264
Title: The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin
Author: Hoffmann, Jens (et al)
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9780300221992
Record created on 10/09/2016
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, for the Jewish Museum, 2017. 24cm., pbk., 136pp. illus.

Summary: The Arcades Project (1927–40), the monumental unfinished work of cultural criticism by Walter Benjamin, is the German philosopher’s effort to comprehend urban modernity through the 19th-century Parisian shopping arcade. The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin combines artworks with archival materials and poetic interventions to form an original, multifaceted response to this collagelike cultural text. Jens Hoffmann astutely pairs works by thirty-six well-known and emerging artists, including Lee Friedlander, Andreas Gursky, Pierre Huyghe, and Cindy Sherman, with the thirty-six “Convolutes,” or themes, in Benjamin’s text. Bound into the main volume is a graphic novelette, from the imagination of Vito Manolo Roma, of Benjamin’s dream the night before he committed suicide while fleeing the Nazis. Scholarly essays by Hoffmann and Caroline A. Jones, texts selected by the poet Kenneth Goldsmith, reproductions of Benjamin’s handwritten notes, and a list of the main Paris arcades discussed by him round out this extraordinary publication.

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Item Number: 144617
Title: Early Professional Women in Northern Europe, c. 1650–1850
Author: Ilmakunnas, Johanna (et al)
Price: $149.95
ISBN: 9781472471345
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Description: London-New York: Routledge, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 294pp. illus.

Contents: 1. Women and Professional Ambitions in Northern Europe, c. 1650-1850, Johanna Ilmakunnas, Marjatta Rahikainen and Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen. 2. Midwives - Birthing Care Professionals in Eighteenth-Century Sweden and Finland, Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen. 3. Serving the Prince as the First Step of Female Careers - The Electoral Court of Munich, c. 1660-1840, Britta Kägler. 4. From Mother to Daughter - Noblewomen in Service at the Swedish Royal Court, c. 1740-1840, Johanna Ilmakunnas. 5. Remarkable Women Artists - Flower Painting and Professional Changes in Copenhagen, c. 1690-1790, Anna Lena Lindberg. 6. Performing Women - The Life and Work of Actresses in Stockholm, c. 1780-1850, Marie Steinrud. 7. "Sister to the Tailor" - Guilds, Gender and the Needle Trades in Eighteenth-Century Europe, Deborah Simonton. 8. Independent Managers - Female Factory Owners in the Northern Provinces of the Russian Empire, c. 1760-1810, Galina Ulianova. 9. Urban Opportunities - Women in the Restaurant Business in Swedish and Finnish Cities, c. 1800-1850, Marjatta Rahikainen. 10. Desirable Qualifications and Undesirable Behaviour - Teachers in Swedish Schools for Poor Children, c. 1780-1820, Åsa Karlsson Sjögren. 11. Cross-Cultural Closeness - Foreign Governesses in the Russian Empire, c. 1700-1850, Olga Solodyankina. 12. Shaping Middle-Class and Upper-Class Girls - Women as Teachers of Daughters of Good Families in the Baltic Sea World, c. 1780-1850, Marjatta Rahikainen.

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Item Number: 141101
Title: Die Stuckdekoration in der ehemaligen Jesuiten- und Hofkirche St. Andreas in Düsseldorf
Author: Jörns, Klaus
Price: $42.95
ISBN: 9783899782547
Record created on 05/02/2016
Description: Düsseldorf: Grupello Verlag, 2016. 24cm., pbk., 270pp., 232 color illus.

Summary: Mit seiner Dissertation über die Stuckdekoration der Andreaskirche in Düsseldorf ergänzt Klaus Jörns die Forschungsgeschichte um ein weiteres Thema. Bislang noch nicht beschriebene Stuckreliefs in den Gewölbedecken spannen einen thematischen Bogen vom Jüngsten Gericht bis zur Trinität. Gemeinsam mit den Statuen und Altären vermittelt das vom Stifter Wolfgang Wilhelm und den Jesuiten geprägte Bildprogramm einen Einblick in das Religions- und Kunstverständnis der damaligen Zeit. Il Gesù in Rom, St. Michael in München und die als Vorbild geltende Hofkirche Unsere Liebe Frau zu Neuburg an der Donau zieht Jörns für seine Beurteilung zu Rate. Auch Johann Kuhn, der im wesent­lichen für die Stuckaturen in St. Andreas verantwortlich ist, berücksichtigt er in seiner Untersuchung. Neben dem Stuck Johann Kuhns aus dem 17. Jahrhundert werden auch die durch architekto­ni­sche Veränderungen notwendig gewordenen Stuckierungen aus dem 18. Jahr­hundert behandelt.

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Item Number: 144649
Title: The Jewish Ghetto and the Visual Imagination of Early Modern Venice
Author: Katz, Dana E
Price: $99.99
ISBN: 9781107165144
Record created on 02/20/2017
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Description: Cambidge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, illus.

Summary: Dana E. Katz examines the Jewish ghetto of Venice as a paradox of urban space. In 1516, the Senate established the ghetto on the periphery of the city and legislated nocturnal curfews to reduce the Jews' visibility in Venice. Katz argues that it was precisely this practice of marginalization that put the ghetto on display for Christian and Jewish eyes. According to her research, early modern Venetians grounded their conceptions of the ghetto in discourses of sight. Katz's unique approach demonstrates how Venice's Jewish ghetto engaged the sensory imagination of its inhabitants in complex and contradictory ways that both shaped urban space and reshaped Christian-Jewish relations.

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Item Number: 144632
Title: MIKE KELLEY : Memory Ware
Author: Rugoff, Ralph
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9783952446140
Record created on 02/17/2017
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Description: Zurich: Hauser & Wirth, 2017. 25cm., hardcover, 240pp. illus. Exhibition held at Hauser & Wirth, New York.

Summary: Over the course of his four-decade career, Mike Kelley (1954–2012) critically questioned aesthetic conventions and examined all forms of culture. The approximately 100 Memory Ware and associated works were made during the first decade of the 21st century; all are reproduced in this catalog. Named for a genre of North American folk art in which everyday utilitarian objects such as vases are coated with a claylike substance and then embedded with small objects including shells, beads and buttons, Kelley’s Memory Ware series consists both of wall-hung works (known as Memory Ware Flats) and freestanding pieces. The artist’s appropriation of this folk tradition eliminates recognizable underlying objects and expands the original method to include a wider variety of keepsakes. The Memory Ware sculptures, by contrast, juxtapose dense clusters of found objects with minimally or undecorated areas and reintroduce an overall structure. A new essay by Ralph Rugoff considers the place of personal and collective memory in the artist’s oeuvre as well as reading the Memory Ware series in its entirety from both visual and art historical standpoints. Kelley's own essay on the project, with revisions by John Welchman, is reprinted and offers direct insight into the artist’s thinking and methodology.

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Item Number: 144646
Title: WILLIAM KENTRIDGE : Triumphs and Laments
Author: Guercio, Gabriele Salvatore Dettis
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 9783960980223
Record created on 02/20/2017
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Description: Köln: Walther König, 2017. 22cm., hardcover, 300pp., 144 color illus.

Summary: Triumphs and Laments is not only a celebration of William Kentridge’s (born 1955) monumental frieze drawn along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome and the performance which inaugurated it, but a gorgeously produced guide to one of his most memorable and ambitious projects. Designed with the early Baedekers in mind, this bilingual book acts as an essential component to viewing Kentridge’s erased-graffiti figures and understanding the process of their creation, with useful gatefolds, a poster and a leporello of the frieze to accompany the texts. These include a conversation between Carlos Basualdo and the artist and two essays, by Salvatore Settis and Gabriele Guercio, which explore the meaning behind the work and its resonance with the millennia-long history of the city of Rome.

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Item Number: 141018
Title: Battle of the Sexes : From Franz von Stuck to Frida Kahlo
Author: Krämer, Felix (ed)
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 9783791355733
Record created on 04/23/2016
Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2016. 28cm., hardcover, 336pp., 413 color illus. Exhibition held at Städel Museum, Frankfurt. English text

Summary: The exhibition “Battle of the Sexes: From Franz von Stuck to Frida Kahlo” will shed light on the artistic investigation of gender roles from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of World War II. The traditional definition of male and female as active/passive, rational/emotional, culture/nature was heavily debated in modern art: many artists presented their viewers with overstated gender characteristics and cemented stereotypical role models in their works. Others challenged established clichés and endeavoured to subvert them with strategies such as irony, exaggeration, masquerade and blending. Featuring a selection of some 140 works of painting, sculpture, graphic art, photography and film, the large-scale exhibition project aims to single out the especially concise artistic positions and open up a dialogue between them. The show will draw from the Städel Museum holdings which – with paintings by Max Liebermann, Edvard Munch and Franz von Stuck, sculptures by Auguste Rodin and photographs by Frank Eugene, Man Ray and others – include important works on the subject. With the additional aid of important loans, the presentation will place works by well-known names in art history – for example Gustave Moreau, Édouard Manet, Gustav Klimt, Otto Dix, Meret Oppenheim or Frida Kahlo – side by side with discoveries that expand the canon with the strong outlooks of such artists as Leonor Fini, Jeanne Mammen, Rudolf Jettmar or Gustav Adolf Mossa. Against the background of the intense discussion on the topic and the constantly evolving roles of woman and man, the project will offer insights into the complexity of gender issues and shed light on the art historical dimension of a highly relevant socio-politic subject.

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Item Number: 144650
Title: Family and Gender in Renaissance Italy, 1300–1600
Author: Kuehn, Thomas
Price: $85.00
ISBN: 9781107008779
Record created on 02/20/2017
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Description: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, ca. 375pp.

Summary: This book studies family life and gender broadly within Italy, not just one region or city, from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Paternal control of the household was paramount in Italian life at this time, with control of property and even marital choices and career paths laid out for children and carried out from beyond the grave by means of written testaments. However, the reality was always more complex than a simple reading of local laws and legal doctrines would seem to permit, especially when there were no sons to step forward as heirs. Family disputes provided an opening for legal ambiguities to redirect property and endow women with property and means of control. This book uses the decisions of lawyers and judges to examine family dynamics through the lens of law and legal disputes.

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Item Number: 144651
Title: Family and Gender in Renaissance Italy, 1300–1600
Author: Kuehn, Thomas
Price: $32.99
ISBN: 9781107401327
Record created on 02/20/2017
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Description: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 24cm., pbk., ca. 375pp.
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Item Number: 144625
Title: Tudor Fashion : Dress at Court
Author: Lynn, Eleri
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 9780300228274
Record created on 02/17/2017
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with Historic Royal Palaces, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 224pp., 180 color illus.
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Item Number: 143281
Title: Another World : Nineteenth-Century Illustrated Print Culture
Author: Mainardi, Patricia
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9780300219067
Record created on 10/09/2016
Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017. 26cm., hardcover, 304pp., 58 color, 142 b&w illus.

Summary: Taking its title from the 1844 visionary graphic novel by J. J. Grandville, this groundbreaking book explores the invention of print media—including comics, caricature, the illustrated press, illustrated books, and popular prints—tracing their development as well as the aesthetic, political, technological, and cultural issues that shaped them. The explosion of imagery from the late 18th century to the beginning of the 20th exceeded the print production from all previous centuries combined, spurred the growth of the international art market, and encouraged the cross-fertilization of media, subjects, and styles. Patricia Mainardi examines scores of imaginative and innovative prints, focusing on highly experimental moments of discovery, when artists and publishers tested the limits of each new medium, creating visual languages that extend to the comics and graphic novels of today. Another World unearths a wealth of visual material, revealing a history of how our image-saturated world came into being, and situating the study of print culture firmly within the context of art history.

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Item Number: 141985
Title: Iconic Costumes: Scandinavian Late Iron Age Costume Iconography
Author: Mannering, Ulla
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 9781785702150
Record created on 06/24/2016
Description: London: Oxbow Books, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 288pp. illus.

Summary: This richly illustrated book presents a selection of the rich and varied iconographic material from the Scandinavian Late Iron Age (AD 400-1050) depicting clothed human figures, from an archaeological textile and clothing perspective. The source material consists of five object categories: gold foils, gold bracteates, helmet plaques, jewelry, and textile tapestries and comprises over 1000 different images of male and female costumes which are then systematically examined in conjunction with our present knowledge of archaeological textiles. In particular, the study explores the question of whether the selected images complement the archaeological clothing sources, through a new analytical tool which enables us to compare and contrast the object categories in regard to material, function, chronology, context and interpretation. The tool is used to record and analyze the numerous details of the iconographic costumes, and to facilitate a clear and easy description. This deliberate use of explicit costume shapes enhances our interpretation and understanding of the Late Iron Age clothing tradition. Thus, the majority of the costumes depicted are identified in the Scandinavian archaeological textile record, demonstrating that the depictions are a reliable source of research for both iconographical costume and archaeological clothing. The book contributes with new information on social, regional and chronological differences in clothing traditions from ca. AD 400 to the Viking Age. (Ancient Textiles, 25)

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Item Number: 126590
Title: Critical Practice: Artists, museums, ethics
Author: Marstine, Janet
Price: $150.00
ISBN: 9780415658546
Record created on 08/16/2013
Description: New York: Routledge, 2017. 25cm., hardcover, 211pp., 15 color, 77 b&w illus.

Summary : Critical Practice is an ambitious work that blurs the boundaries between art history, museum studies, political science and applied ethics. Marstine demonstrates how convergences between institutional critique and socially engaged practice, as represented by the term ‘critical practice’, can create conditions for organisational change, particularly facilitating increased public agency and shared authority. The book analyses a range of museum interventions exploring such subjects as the ethical stewardship of collections, hybridity as a methodological approach to social justice and alternative forms of democracy. Discussing critical practice within the framework of peace and reconciliation studies, Marstine shows how artists’ interventions can redress exclusions, inequalities and relational frictions between museums and their publics. Elucidating the museological and ethical implications of institutional critique and socially engaged practice, Marstine has provided a timely and thoughtful resource for museum studies scholars, artists, museum professionals, art historians and graduate students worldwide who are interested in mapping and unpacking the intricate relationships among artists, museums and communities. (Museum Meanings)

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Item Number: 143031
Title: The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. I : Ceremonies, Costumes, Portraits and Genre
Author: McDonald, M
Price: $275.00
ISBN: 9781909400788
Record created on 09/22/2016
Description: Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2016. 3 vols. 29cm., hardcover, 1024pp., 1676 color illus.

Summary: Cassiano dal Pozzo’s print collection was unique in its scope and organisation. Some 3,000 prints are known, in nine albums and many loose impressions mainly divided between the British Library and the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. Cassiano (1588–1657) and his younger brother Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606–89) did not commission printmakers to engrave plates (as they did drawings), buying instead what was available from the flourishing printmaking industry of the time. The material they collected was essentially documentary, and they organised the collection by subject matter: costumes, religious processions and ceremonies, tombs and catafalques, the history of St Peter’s, architecture, topography, maps and military engagements, portraits, social and humorous subjects, and so on. This first part of the catalogue presents ceremonies, costumes, portrait and genre prints. A remarkable proportion of the prints are not to be found in the existing literature, and many constitute additions to the known works of major printmakers. Indeed Cassiano’s collection has been described as ‘so far outside the common range of print collectors both in the seventeenth century and today that a very high proportion of its contents is excessively rare and will only with great difficulty be found elsewhere’. This ground-breaking catalogue will be an essential resource not only for students of prints, but for all those studying European visual culture in the seventeenth century. (The Paper Museum of Cassiano Dal Pozzo: A Catalogue Raisonne. Series C : Prints, 1)

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Item Number: 144622
Title: MARGUERITA MERGENTIME : American Textiles, Modern Ideas
Author: Ghelerter, Donna (ed)
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 9780692768273
Record created on 02/17/2017
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Description: np: West Madison Press, 2017. 27cm., hardcover, 144pp., 145 color illus.

Summary: Marguerita Mergentime: American Textiles, Modern Ideas serves as a definitive source on this lauded American designer. Working in the heady milieu of 1930s New York, Mergentime (1894–1941) became best known for strikingly new printed fabrics, making her mark with tablecloths created to enliven American households with color, humor and entertainment. A member of the influential American Union of Decorative Artists and Craftsmen (AUDAC), Mergentime was a woman whose career placed her alongside Donald Deskey and Russel Wright, as well as visionary architect Frederick Kiesler, who designed the furnishings in her New York apartment. Mergentime reshaped the sensibility of the 20th-century home at a time when modernism was being defined, contributing original textiles to Radio City Music Hall, Wright’s American Way and the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Articles and advertisements promoted her career across the United States. Today her Radio City designs can still be seen in the legendary venue, and her fabrics reside in museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art; the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum at FIT; and the Allentown Art Museum. In this volume, essays highlight Mergentime’s life and career, and over 150 images illustrate her designs that brought asymmetry, politics, folk art and quizzes to the table. Marguerita Mergentime: American Textiles, Modern Ideas reintroduces the woman who asked, “Are you allergic to meaningless uninspired patterns in printed cloths?” and places her squarely back on the scene.

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Item Number: 144606
Title: The Plight of Rome in the Fifth Century AD
Author: Merrony, Mark
Price: $149.95
ISBN: 9781138041974
Record created on 02/16/2017
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Description: London-New York: Routledge, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 264pp., 25 illus.

Summary: The Plight of Rome in the Fifth Century AD argues that the fall of the western Roman Empire was rooted in a significant drop in war booty, agricultural productivity, and mineral resources. Merrony proposes that a dependency on the three economic components was established with the Principate, when a precedent was set for an unsustainable threshold on military spending. Drawing on literary and archaeological data, this volume establishes a correspondence between booty (in the form of slaves and precious metals) from foreign campaigns and public building programmes, and how this equilibrium was upset after the Empire reached its full expansion and began to contract in the third century. It is contended that this trend was exacerbated by the systematic loss of agricultural productivity (principally grain, but also livestock), as successive barbarian tribes were settled and wrested control from the imperial authorities in the fifth century. Merrony explores how Rome was weakened and divided, unable to pay its army, feed its people, or support the imperial bureaucracy - and how this contributed to its administrative collapse.

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Item Number: 143393
Title: Tours : Metamorphoses d'une ville
Author: Minnaert, Jean-Baptiste
Price: $100.00
ISBN: 9782915542875
Record created on 10/18/2016
Description: Paris: Norma, 2016. 29cm., hardcover, 380pp., ca. 500 illus., most in color.

Summary: À l’heure où Tours engage des transformations qui font dialoguer la ville avec les grands moments de son histoire, ce livre scientifique et grand public présente l’évolution de l’architecture et de l’urbanisme tourangeaux du XIXe au XXIe siècles. Tours est riche d’architectures et de formes urbaines extrêmement variées. À côté des bouleversements qui font évoluer la ville intra-muros depuis le XIXe siècle, l’urbanisation se poursuit de part et d’autre des anciens remparts, s’appuyant sur l’arrivée du chemin de fer en 1846 et la forte extension des faubourgs. De nouveaux quartiers voient le jour, notamment. Prébendes ou la Fuye-Velpeau, qui ont profondément remodelé la cité et bouleversé l’image qu’elle concevait d’elle-même. Avec la construction du quartier des Deux-Lions, notamment, puis les transformations liées à la construction de son tramway, Tours mène une nouvelle mue qui, comme les précédentes, a le double visage de l’extension de ses périphéries et de la réinvention de son centre. Patrimoine et innovation sont les outils d’une ville, maintenant d’une agglomération, au travail. Rédigé par une équipe d’historiens de l’architecture et de la ville, l’ouvrage s’attache particulièrement à illustrer la figure de l’évolution créatrice qui, plus que l’idée de rupture, caractérise la modernité à Tours. Il analysera tant les formes de la ville que les idées et l’action des hommes qui l’ont façonnée.

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