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Hieronymus Bosch: Visions and Nightmares

In his lifetime Hieronymus Bosch was already famous for his fantastic painterly creations. Today his name has become synonymous with eerie and infernal images. Seeing Bosch's enigmatic paintings, the ..

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Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia accompanies an exhibition of the same title examining the art, architecture and design of the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. The catalogue surve..

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History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen

The making of pictures has a history going back perhaps 100,000 years to an African shell used as a paint palette. Two-thirds of it is irrevocably lost, since the earliest images known to us are from ..

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Hitler's Art Thief

The world was stunned when eighty-year old Cornelius Gurlitt became an international media superstar in November 2013 on the discovery of over 1,400 artworks in his 1,076 square-foot Munich apartment,..

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How to Write About Contemporary Art

How to Write About Contemporary Art is the definitive guide to writing engagingly about the art of our time. Invaluable for students, arts professionals and other aspiring writers, the book first navi..

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How to Write Art History

This book enables students to get the most from their art history course. In a clear and engaging style, Anne DAlleva empowers readers to approach their coursework with confidence and energy. The book..

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Impressionism: The Movement That Transformed Western Art

Monet, Renoir, Degas, Rodin, Cezanne, Cassatt, Van Gogh, and other impressionist artists burst onto the art scene in the second half of the nineteenth century, creating shock w..

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In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and Modernism in Paris, 1900-1910

"Heady, lively, engaging...brings Montmartre's heyday back to life." (Sunday Times). "Brilliant." (Guardian). The real revolution in the arts first took place not, as is commonly supposed, in the 1920..

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Interviews with Francis Bacon

The extraordinarily revealing interviews with Francis Bacon conducted over a period of 25 years by the distinguished art critic David Sylvester amount to a unique statement by Bacon on his art and on ..

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Introducing Modernism: Graphic Guide


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Italian Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance is among the most glamorousepochs of European art. Art historians as well as a widepublic are fascinated by three centuries of exceptionallyprolific artistic creation that prod..

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Italian Renaissance Courts: Art, Pleasure and Power

This fascinating study of Renaissance courtly art and culture in fifteenth and early sixteenth-century Italy encompasses the most recent scholarship on the courts, court art and noble values. Alison C..

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Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

Claude Monet's water lily paintings are among the most iconic and beloved works of art of the past century. Yet these entrancing images were created at a time of terrible private turmoil and sadness f..

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Making of MONA

Hailed as the most important addition to the Australian cultural landscape since the opening of the Sydney Opera House, MONA has shaken up the art world by breathing life and delight back into the mus..

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Map Thief, The: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

Once considered a respectable rare-map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley made millions and was highly esteemed for his knowledge; until he was arrested for slipping maps out of books in the Yale University lib..

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Medieval Modern: Art Out of Time

This groundbreaking study explores the deep connections between modern and premodern art, offering a radical reading that reveals the underlying patterns and ideas traversing centuries of artistic pra..

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Mid-Century Modern Garden: Capturing the Classic Style

The Mid-Century Modern Garden links the design of homes and gardens popular during the mid-century period of 1940 - 1970 to contemporary style and the desire to create healthy, sustainable lives. A su..

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Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism
Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art

The breathtakingly beautiful art created deep inside the caves of western Europe in the late Ice Age provokes awe and wonder in equal measure. What do these animals and symbols, depicted on the walls ..

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Modern Art in America 1908-68

A radical re-evaluation of American modernism through four generations of artists and their work - now in paperback."That rarity of rarities, an opinionated but not eccentric scholarly history by a ve..

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Modern Art in Detail: 75 Masterpieces


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Munich Art Hoard: Hitler's Dealer and His Secret Legacy

In February 2012, in a Munich flat belonging to an elderly recluse, German customs authorities seized an astonishing hoard of more than 1,400 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. When Cornelius..

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New History of Italian Renaissance Art

Stephen Campbell and Michael Cole introduce Italian Renaissance art in this easy-to-follow chronological survey. Drawing on the most recent scholarship, their book makes new approaches accessible to s..

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New Zealand Painting : A Concise History

A description of the principal developments in New Zealand painting from colonial times to the present day. The expatriates, the La Trobe scheme, Regionalism, Modernism, Abstraction and Postmodernism ..

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Northern Renaissance Art


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Orientalism   Western Conceptions Of The Orient


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Orientalism : Orient in Western Art

"Ever since its discovery by traders and seamen in the Early Modern age, the world of Islam has been an important source of cultural inspiration for Western civilization. Geographically so near, cultu..

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Origins of Art


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Paintings That Revolutionized Art

What makes the Book of Kells such an extraordinary example of illuminated manuscript? Why is Durer's self-portrait so iconic? How did Turner's Rain, Steam, Speed turn the art world on its head? What's..

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Picture This: How Pictures Work

Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary. Bang's powerful ideas-about how the visual composition of images works to engage the e..

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Portraits: John Berger on Artists

John Berger, one of the world's most celebrated storytellers and writers on art, takes us through centuries of drawing and painting, revealing his lifelong fascination with a diverse cast of artists. ..

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Print Before Photography: an Introduction to European Printmaking 1550 - 1820

Copper-plate printmaking, developed alongside Gutenberg's invention of moveable type, was a huge business employing thousands of people, and dominating image production for nearly four centuries acros..

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Ransom of Russian Art

In the 1960s and 1970s, an American professor of Soviet economics forayed on his own in the Soviet Union, bought the work of underground "unofficial" artists, and brought it out himself or arranged to..

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Rare Treasures: From the Library of the Natural History Museum

The Library of the Natural History Museum contains one of the most exciting and comprehensive collections of natural history literature and artworks to be found anywhere in the world. It holds over ha..

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Red Like No Other: How Cochinea Colored the World: An Epic Story of Art, Culture, Science and Trade

The captivating story of the pursuit of the most powerful color. A global symbol of power, wealth, mystery, and sexuality, red has seduced viewers and inspired artists for millennia. Painters and othe..

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Red: The History of a Color

The color red has represented many things, from the life force and the divine to love, lust, and anger. Up through the Middle Ages, red held a place of privilege in the Western world. For many culture..

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Rogues' Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers

Philip Hook takes the lid off the world of art dealing to reveal the brilliance, cunning, greed and daring of its practitioners. In a richly anecdotal narrative he describes the rise and occasional fa..

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Russian Revolutionary Posters

Russian Revolutionary Posters tells the story of the development of the Soviet poster, from the revolutionary period through to the death of Stalin, revealing the way in which tumultuous events within..

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Sale of the Late King's Goods: Charles I and His Art Collection

Set against the backdrop of war, revolution, and regicide, and moving from London to Venice, Mantua, Madrid, Paris and the Low Countries, Jerry Brotton's colourful and critically acclaimed book, The S..

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Seeing Slowly: Looking at Modern Art

When it comes to viewing art, living in the information age is not necessarily a benefit. So argues Michael Findlay in this book that encourages a new way of looking at art. Much of this thinking invo..

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Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse

For a couple of decades before World War II, a group of immigrant painters and sculptors, including Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine and Jules Pascin dominated the new art scene of Montp..

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Short Story of Art: A Pocket Guide to Key Movements, Works, Themes and Techniques

The Short Story of Art is a new and innovative introduction to the subject of art. Simply constructed, the book explores 50 key works, from the wall paintings of Lascaux to contemporary installations..

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Show Time: The Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art

Available for the first time in paperback, this is a revised and updated edition of Jens Hoffmann's survey of groundbreaking exhibitions since 1989 and explores the radical shifts that have taken plac..

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Story of Art

Exquisite cloth-bound edition of the classic art-history text - the perfect gift for every art connoisseur and student For more than 60 years Ernst Gombrich's The Story of Art has been a global bestse..

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Story of Colour: An Exploration of the Hidden Messages of the Spectrum

Why is green the colour of envy? Why is black `evil'? Why is white pure? Why do we `feel blue' or `see red'? Why do colours have different meanings for different cultures? This book offers a lively, a..

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Story of Painting

Retraces the story and development of painting from the Renaissance to our days, with numerous illustrations and excursuses about major painters, theoricians and movements. This volume is suitable for..

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Strange Business: Making Art and Money in Nineteenth-Century Britain

"Britain in the nineteenth century saw a series of technological and social changes which continue to influence and direct us today. Its reactants were human genius, money and influence, its crucibles..

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Ugly Renaissance

Featuring the beauties of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, combined with the dark and hidden side of the Renaissance, by an acclaimed historian and expert in the period. Renowned as an age of artis..

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Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez

In 1845, a Reading bookseller named John Snare came across the dirt-blackened portrait of a prince at a country house auction. Suspecting that it might be a long-lost Velazquez, he bought the picture ..

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Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting

At last - the next instalment in the popular Vitamin series - the world's hottest painters, selected by international experts Since the publication of the first Vitamin P in 2002, painting has continu..

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War and Art: A Visual History of Modern Conflict

This sumptuously illustrated volume, edited by eminent war historian Joanna Bourke, offers a comprehensive visual, cultural and historical account of the ways in which armed conflict has been represen..

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