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Anatomy of Colour: The Story of Heritage Paints and Pigments

The Anatomy of Colour is the definitive book on the use of colour and paint in interior decoration over a 300-year period. Drawing on his huge specialist archive, historian and paint expert Patrick Ba..

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Ars Sacra

"Ars Sacra is an unique tribute to 2000 years of Christian art, architecture and spirituality. This glorious tome takes the reader on a tour through seventeen centuries of sacral art, architecture, an..

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Art at Te Papa

Art at Te Papa reveals and illuminates New Zealand's vast national art collection. Reproductions of more than 400 individual artworks, personally selected by curators, are accompanied by brief essays ..

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Art Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

Embark on a tour of the world's greatest artistic movements and works, from prehistoric cave paintings to performance art with The Art Book, the latest in the stunning Big Ideas series. The Art Book e..

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Art in History, 600 BC - 2000 AD: Ideas in Profile

Art has always been part of history. But we often think of it as outside history. When we look at a painting by Raphael, Rembrandt or Rubens it speaks to us directly, but it's also an historical docum..

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Art in Renaissance Italy

With a freshness and breadth of approach that sets the art in its context, this book explores why works were created and who commissioned the palaces, cathedrals, paintings and sculptures. It covers R..

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Art in Renaissance Italy, 1350-1500

Between the 'Black Death' in the mid-fourteenth century and the French invasions at the end of the fifteenth, artists such as Masaccio, Donatello, Fra Angelico, and Leonardo, working in the kingdoms, ..

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Art in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas

Since it was first published in 1992, this book has become one of the leading anthologies of art theoretical texts in the English-speaking world. This expanded edition includes the fruits of recent re..

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Art of Instruction: Vintage Educational Charts from the 19th and 20th Centuries

Large-scale wall charts were fundamental tools of classroom instruction throughout Europe in the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Collected here for the first time in one deluxe volume are over..

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Art of Understanding Art: A Behind the Scenes Story

The Art of Understanding Art reveals to students and other readers new and meaningful ways of developing personal ideas and opinions about art and how to express them with confidence. * Offers an inqu..

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Art Since 1900: Modernism * Antimodernism * Postmodernism

Groundbreaking in both its content and its presentation, Art Since 1900 has been hailed as a landmark study in the history of art. Conceived by some of the most influential art historians of our time,..

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Art Since 1980: Charting the Contemporary


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Art Visionaries

This compelling book chronicles 75 of the most influential artists from the dawn of the 20th century to the present, and from around the world. Each entry provides a fascinating insight into the artis..

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Artists: Their Lives and Works

A stunning exploration of over 80 famous artists and their fascinating lives, from Giotto to the present day.Artists: Their Lives and Works tells the inspiring stories behind the world's most famous m..

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The way our environment looks, the appearance of everything from housing estates to newspapers, is partly the result of a school of art and design founded in Germany in 1919 and closed down by the Naz..

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Beg, Steal and Borrow: Artists Against Originality

'Art is theft,' Picasso once proclaimed. The wily old Spaniard was being provocative - he often equated theft to what could more benignly be called influence. But increasingly much of the best and, ev..

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Bernard Buffet: The Invention of the Modern Mega-Artist

It is said that asphyxiation brings on a state of hallucinatory which case the 71 year old artist who lay in his sprawling Provencal villa died happy. In the early afternoon of Monda..

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Body of Art

The first book to celebrate the beautiful and provocative ways artists have represented, scrutinized and utilized the body over centuries. Examines art through that most accessible and relatable lens:..

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Bosch and Bruegel: From Enemy Painting to Everyday Life

In this visually stunning and much anticipated book, acclaimed art historian Joseph Koerner casts the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel in a completely new light, revealing how the pain..

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Bosch: The 5th Centenary Exhibition

The Museo del Prado houses the largest known collection of works by Jheronimus Bosch. Among its holdings are The Adoration of the Magi and The Garden of Earthly Delights triptychs, as well as the orig..

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Bridging the gap: The onset of ExpressionismIn the German city of Dresden on June 7, 1905, the foundation of the Die Brucke artists group (1905 1913) is widely regarded as the birth of Expressionism. ..

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Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox

Part travelogue, part narrative history, 'Colour' unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable and beauti..

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Decade of Experimental Art 1900-2000: Reinterpretation

Published to coincide with the First Guangzhou Triennial (opening November 18, 2002), this volume provides a systematic description and analysis of Chinese experimental art and cinema of the 90s, the ..

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Dragon and Rose Garden: Art and Power in China

In this book, Sus Van Elzen investigates the transformation of China from 1949 to 2008, with a particular focus on artists and architects. The makeover of Beijing in particular has been driven not onl..

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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures

Discover the lessons that helped bring about a new golden age of Disney animation! Published for the first time ever, Drawn to Life is a two volume collection of the legendary lectures from long-..

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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 2: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures

Discover the lessons that helped bring about a new golden age of Disney animation! Published for the first time ever, Drawn to Life is a two volume collection of the legendary lectures from long-..

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Eduardo Kac and Avital Ronell: Life Extreme, An Illustrated Guide to New Life

Humankind has imagined and depicted fantastical creatures since the formation of the first societies. Beasts such as the Chimera, the Golem, the Minotaur and Galatea could be said to be culturally sym..

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Eric Ravilious Scrapbooks

To the interested observer the collected volumes of artist-designer Eric Ravilious's preparatory works and materials provide a veritable mine of information about his work and working methods, particu..

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Everything is Happening: Journey into a Painting

Michael Jacobs was haunted by Velazquez's enigmatic masterpiece Las Meninas from first encountering it in the Prado as a teenager. In Everything is Happening Jacobs searches for the ultimate significa..

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Everything You Know About Art is Wrong

A highly entertaining read for anyone with even a passing interest in art and art history. This myth-busting book takes you on a great ride through the lives of starving (and not so starving) art..

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Forger's Tale

In 2007, Bolton Crown Court in the United Kingdom sentenced Shaun Greenhalgh to four years and eight months in prison for the crime of producing artistic forgeries. Working out of a shed in his parent..

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Frida Kahlo at Home

Frida Kahlo at Home explores the influence of Mexican culture and tradition, the Blue House and other places Frida travelled to and called home, on her life and work. Fully illustrated, the book featu..

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Frieze A to Z of Contemporary Art

The ultimate guide to 25 years of contemporary art, as seen through the filter of the world's leading contemporary art magazine frieze A to Z of Contemporary Art charts the dynamic, changing landscape..

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Georgia O'Keeffe at Home

'When I got to New Mexico that was mine. As soon as I saw it, that was my country.' Despite Georgia's own assertions that a biographic interpretation of her work will yield little insight, it is plain..

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Great Paintings

From works by Botticelli and Raphael to Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo, discover the paintings that have shaken the art world through the centuries and across continents. Great Paintings takes you on y..

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History of Art in 21 Cats: From the Old Masters to the Modernists, the Moggy as Muse: an illustrated guide

Art history has been given a fun feline makeover. Discover the basics of important art movements through a host of beautifully illustrated cats, each one inspired by a specific period in art his..

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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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JR: Can Art Change the World? (Revised and Expanded Edition)

Filled with stunning photography, this extraordinary monograph charts JR's wide-reaching trajectory and a range of collaborative projects executed across the globe. Created in close collaboration with..

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Landscape & Memory


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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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Medici, The

A fresh telling of the rise and fall of the House of Medici, the family that dominated political and cultural life in Florence for three centuries. Having founded the bank that became the most..

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Memory Palace, The: A Book of Lost Interiors

The rooms we live in are always more than just four walls. As we decorate these spaces and fill them with objects and friends, they shape our lives and become the backdrop to our sense of self. One da..

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