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African Arts: Portraits of a Collection
Offering a fascinating multi-disciplinary approach to African art, this stunning volume presents 65 works from West and Central Africa, South Africa, and Madagascar, all from one private collection. Organized around four main themes governance and communication, protection and caring, coming together (celebrating, judging, and awarding prizes) and serving and beautifying this book offers a general introduction to African art as well as a deeper understanding of the artworks source cultures. New photographs of the 65 works are followed by a selection of early 20th-century avant-garde photographs and contemporary works by...
Age of Empires: Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties
The first in-depth exploration of the artistic and cultural achievements of China's "classical" era Age of Empires presents the art and culture of China during one of the most critical periods of its history - the four centuries from 221 B.C. to A.D. 200-- when, for the first time, people of diverse backgrounds were brought together under centralized imperial rule that fostered a new and unified identity. The Qin and Han empires represent the "classical" era of Chinese civilization, coinciding in both importance and timing with the Greco-Roman period in the West. Under the short-lived Qin and centuries-long Han, warring...
Baroque: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting
During the baroque period, architecture and the other fine arts were the instruments of a staging of "world theater" on a grand scale. The baroque art of the popes in Rome, the displays of power and opulence in the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and Dutch painting - they all reflect different aspects of the underlying tension between pleasure in life and fear of death that was such a prominent feature of the baroque world view. This volume portrays the entire span of the fine arts of the baroque era, from rich splendor to religious asceticism
Bronze Mirrors from Ancient China
Since prehistoric times, people have sought a means to see vtheir own image: an first reflected from smooth surface of water, then polished stone, later in polished metal, and finally glass. Bronze mirrors were first produced around 3000 bc in Egypt, from where they appear to have spread throughout the Mediterranean world and then into Asia and imported into China. Chinese bronze mirrors were thin, two sided, typically round discs. The bronze was polished with a reflective surface on one side, usually convex, and with various designs, based on Chinese mythology, ancient symbolism and ritual, cast in relief on the...
China for the West: Chinese Porcelain and Other Decorative Arts for Export Illus...
This is an excellent book which gives one insight onto the history of how the Chinese came to export porcelain to the west. This is an amazing book documenting the largest collection in the world of Chinese export porcelain for the West
Christies. The Cowdray Sale. Works of Art from Cowdray Park and Dunecht House. 1...
270 x 210mm. pp. 531. English text. Large catalogue for the sale of items from Cowdray Park and Dunecht House held by Christie's Auctioneers at Cowdray Park on the 13th, 14th and 15th of September 2011. Features important furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, silver and other items. Colour illustrations. Bound in original pictorial wraps
Collection du Baron de Rede Provenant De L' Hotel Lambert
Sotheby's, Paris, 2005. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 2 volume set - Volume I: Mobilier, Objets d'Art, Tableaux et Livres. Volume II: Orfèvrerie, Porcelaine, Verrerie, Bijoux et Memorabilia. French and English text. Pair of catalogues for the sale of the collection of Baron De Rede. Features important furniture and works of art as well as memorabilia. Includes works by Henri Gervex, Jean Cocteau, Cecil Beaton and others. Lavish colour illustrations throughout. Bound in original pictorial wraps. Volumes housed in cream slipcase envelope. An important sale, with great reference works
Embodied Spirits - Gope Boards from the Papuan Gulf
In Papua New Guinea, "spirit boards," also known as "gope," were carved from wood by important men of an extended family or clan. Made from discarded canoes and usually decorated with carved and painted designs on one side, these boards vary greatly in style. At the turn of the 20th century, when most of the boards featured here were collected, men lived apart from women and uninitiated boys; their houses had designated areas or shrines created to display items, such as spirit boards, that indicated personal status and clan identity. "Embodied Spirits" is the first book devoted exclusively to spirit boards. Full-page ph...
For The King's Pleasure: The Furnishing and Decoration of George IV's Apartments...
This pioneering study of one of the most lavish and costly interior decoration schemes ever carried out in England provides and unparalleled insight into George IV s patronage of the arts. Drawing on much previously unpublished material, including royal correspondence, original accounts and detailed inventories, Hugh Roberts reconstructs the history of George IV s last and greatest commission, the rebuilding and refurnishing of the Private Apartments at Windsor Castle."
International Arts and Crafts
The Arts and Crafts movement revolutionised attitudes to work and the home and laid the foundations for a radical shift in approach to design and lifestyle in the early twentieth century. From the pioneering example of William Morris and the writings of John Ruskin, to a new generation of architects, artists, designers and patrons, the movement championed a unity of the arts and was broadly defined by the common aims of social and industrial reform, the revival of handicrafts, a return to the simple life, and the improvement of art for everyday life. It was the first major art movement to focus on the decorative arts bu...
Precision Pendulum Clocks: The quest for accurate timekeeping
This beautiful book relates the incredible story of how leading clockmakers, primarily of England, struggled to control accurate timekeeping for over 300 years. A remarkably thorough yet concise text, by several of todays leading horologists, is accompanied by nearly 1,000 photographs of clocks, which demonstrate each fascinating development. From museums of international significance, as well as private collections worldwide, the best examples of each new invention to establish accurate time-keepers is illustrated and recorded here. Chapters are devoted to the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and many of the brilliant me...
Romanesque: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting
The Romanesque was the first epoch of medieval art that encompassed all of Europe. Its origins hearken back to characteristic elements of Roman construction - reflected in the name of the period - and in the course of the High Middle Ages developed into the embodiment of Christian sacred art. Architecture, painting, and sculpture were permeated with the Christian worldview and the spirit of the religion. The book at hand helps us understand and even experience this tight integration and masterfully explains the manifold aspects of Romanesque artistic composition, in which the hopes and fears of the people of the time fo...
Rome: Art and Architecture
Rome: Art & Architecture unfolds the magnificent panorama of the Eternal City, long recognized as the cultural capital of Europe, before the readers' eyes. Even into the twentieth century, artists from every corner of the globe were magically drawn to Rome, which served as their model and inspiration. The great epochs of occidental art are introduced, with the myriad masterpieces that have been created here serving as illustrations. The city is home to an inexhaustible supply of treasures from every area of the fine arts. Readers can follow the development of Rome and its artworks throughout the centuries; indeed, the c...
The World That Wasn't There: Pre-Columbian Art in the Ligabue Collection
The World That Wasn t There "tells the story of what became known to the West only after the voyages of Columbus and other European explorers: the beautiful and superbly crafted art of North and South America. From the best-known and most ancient civilizations such as the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec to the spectacular vestiges of Teotihuacan, Veracruz, and Nayarit, from the ceramic Venuses of Valdivia, Ecuador, to the gold objects of Tairona, the ceramics of the Incas, and the fabrics and pots of the Nazca region, it is all here, in a stunning book presenting one of the most important private collections of pre-Columbian art...
Visitors to Versailles - From Louis XIV to the French Revolution
A fascinating look at the splendor of the French court at Versailles through the eyes of its numerous visitors What was it like to visit one of the most magnificent courts of Europe? Based on a wealth of contemporary documents and surviving works of art, this lavish book explores the experiences of those who flocked to the palace and grounds of Versailles when it was the seat of the French monarchy. Engaging essays describe methods of transportation, the elaborate codes of dress and etiquette, precious diplomatic gifts, royal audiences, and tours of the buildings and gardens. Also presented are the many types of visitor...
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