Throughout the twenty-four years of their marriage, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were enthusiastic supporters of British art, commissioning a large number of works and purchasing countless others across a wide range of styles and media. Passionate Patrons offers a concise introduction to the scope of Victoria and Albert’s connoisseurship, tracing their evolving tastes through the entire history of Victorian art.
The volume matches an explanatory text with more than one hundred full-color illustrations that reveal the remarkable scope of Victoria and Albert’s collecting, including formal portraits, specially commissioned jewelry, costumes created for fancy dress balls, books, sheet music, and more. Sculptures the pair purchased for each other as birthday gifts—as well as original sketches and drawings they made—offer a more intimate view of the central role that art played in their loving marriage. Victoria and Albert will please any reader who loves the Victorian era—and the royal couple who were at its heart.
Linda Safran - Heaven on Earth
This easily accessible volume, which grew out of a series of lectures presented at the Smithsonian Institution in 1991, aims to provide a coherent introduction to Byzantine culture with a focus on the interconnected realms of art and religion. The eight participants have revised their lectures into chapters on Byzantine history, theology, icons and icon theory, church architecture, monumental painting, silver church furnishings, illustrated liturgical books, and pilgrimage. In addition to presenting current research on this range of topics, the chapters each contribute original scholarship from authors who are recognized experts in their respective fields. The Introduction, by Linda Safran, deals with views and definitions of Byzantium over the course of its long history and considers why that civilization deserves our attention today. It underscores the essential unifying role of the Orthodox religion in a vast and fluid empire and clarifies how the experiential aspects of that religion-churches, liturgy, church arts and imagery, religious travel-open a window into Byzantine culture. Throughout the book, the past is made vivid by considering what Byzantine believers heard and said and did, as well as what they saw. The book's chapters are cross-referenced and are complemented both by endnotes that cite primary and secondary sources and by 'Suggestions for Further Reading' that include English and foreign-language references. There is no comparable art history text that combines this high-caliber range of current scholarship with more than 250 illustrations, including 16 pages of color plates, to introduce Byzantine culture to a broad readership.Contributors are Joseph Alchermes, Susan A. Boyd, Anna Kartsonis, Henry Maguire, Robert Ousterhout, Eric D. Perl, Nancy Patterson Sevcenko, and Gary Vikan.
John Onians - The Art Atlas
The Art Atlas is the first work to present the art of the entire world from ancient to modern times through extensive use of specially commissioned maps. Covering painting, sculpture, and architecture as well as other arts and artifacts, the volume provides an entirely new vision of the history of the world's art by showing how physical and political geography has shaped its developments. Over 350 pages in scope, Atlas compares countries separated by thousands of miles and many centuries, demonstrating how the art of each is affected by opportunities and constraints dictated by location or culture. Here, for the first time, readers can appreciate the art of prehistoric Oceania and the Nile Valley of the Pharaohs alongside that of nineteenth-century Russia and the twentieth-century United States. In addition to showing where and when great artists lived and worked, Atlas explains how major styles developed and the ways in which art has been influenced by religion, trade, travel, war, and other historical factors. The volume also provides the first comprehensive picture of the impact of the natural world on the development of art, charting the sources of fibers for weaving, pigments for coloring, wood for carving, paper for printing, and stone for use in sculpture and architecture. With its combination of enormous breadth and constant clarity of focus, abdundant illustrations and a user-friendly, searchable CD, Atlas provides exceptional insight into what unites art and what makes it so varied. Organized into seven chronological periods and including contributions from 68 internationally renowned art historians, The Art Atlas is an original, comprehensive and up-todate reference work that will be a benchmark for many years to come.
Viorica Guy Marica - Cranach
Lucas Cranah the Elder (1472-1553) was the most important German painter, after Dürer, of the early sixteenth century [...]. In his choice of subject matter he adpoted many motifs of the new German humanists, which he linked with the tenets of the Reformation. Cranach's painting is modulated and rhítmical: hes extremly elegant profiles recall the firmness of Japanese prints. [...] And when he paints a Venus, we can sense his nostalgia for the pagan world. At first sight, Cranach seems less universal than Dürer and less inclined to drama and phatos than Grünewald, but his paintingis so rich and varied that he deserves a place among the three 'Magi' of German sixteenth century art. GIULIO CARLO ARGAN
John Onians - Atlas of World Art
The Atlas of World Art maps the cumulative traces of humankind's artistic activity and demonstrates the importance of physical and political geography for the history of the world's art. This stunning volume is the first to treat the art of the whole world from prehistory to present day and to show the importance of natural and social factors in shaping artistic activity. The Atlas is divided into seven parts, each devoted to a specific time period: Art of the Hunter Gatherer (50,000-5,000 BCE); Art, Agriculture and Urbanization (5,000-500 BCE); Art, War and Empire (500 BCE-600 CE); Art, Religion and Empire (600-1500); Art, Exploitation and Display (1500-1800); Art, Industry and Science (1800-1900); Art, Competition and Identity (1900-2000). Each section opens with a helpful timeline for that period bringing together important dates from across various cultures. Within each section, the spreads are organized by four broad geographic regions: the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia and the Pacific. With dramatic full-color maps, as well as commentaries and illustrations, the Atlas of World Art is an authoritative, comprehensive, and elegant volume.
Ismeretlen szerző - Hungarian Art 1900-1950 - Radnai Collection, Győr
A hazai műgyűjtés példaértékű képviselője, Radnai Béla (1891-1962) gyűjteményét bemutató, angol nyelvű reprezentatív album.
Norman Reedus - The Sun’s Coming Up… Like A Big Bald Head
The Sun’s Coming Up… Like A Big Bald Head: Photographs by Norman Reedus, is a limited-edition collector’s volume. This provocative collection redefines our daily encounters. Through his penetrating imagery, Reedus takes us on what proves to be a hauntingly intimate journey through the dark and sublime.
Róbert Mandel - Hungarian Folk Instruments
Mandel Róbert "Magyar népi hangszerek" című kötetének legfőbb célja, hogy - a zeneszerszámok szakszerű leírása és a népi hangszereinket jellemzően említő magyar irodalmi részletek idézése mellett - tökéletes minőségű tárgyfotókkal, valamint eredeti minőségükben megtartott korabeli fotográfiákkal nemcsak a szűkebben vett szakmai és népzenei köröknek, hanem a zenekedvelőknek és a magyar zenetörténet iránt elkötelezett olvasóknak is bemutathassa, sőt megcsillogtathassa az Európában is páratlan magyarországi instrumentáriumot. A kötet angol nyelvű.
Anne Massey - Interior Design of the 20th Century
The Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic Movements, Art Nouveau, the Modern Movement, its rivals Art Deco and the Moderne, American Streamlining and Modern, Pop, Op, Surrealism, Hi-Tech, Post-Modernism, Deconstructivism, and many other styles of interior design are charted in this wide-ranging survey. Some movements, like the Modern, were inspired by leading architects such as Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, or by groups and schools such as the Bauhaus. Others like Art Deco were the work of decorators such as Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann—glamorous haut-décor, which was then popularized throughout the world by the mass media. Still others, like the ethnic styles, were virtually anonymous, or were consumer-led. Anne Massey introduces all the styles, signposts the changes of direction, and fully documents the emergence of professional "interior decoration" and its evolution into interior design. This revised edition is brought up to date with discussions of green design and the effect of new technology on the home and workplace.
Brigitte Koyama-Richard - One Thousand Years of Manga
In recent years, manga has seen phenomenal success, not only in Japan, where it dominates the publishing industry, but also in the West, where it is steadily growing in popularity and influence. As swift and sudden as the popularity of this graphic art form may seem, manga has, in fact, deep roots in Japanese culture, drawing on centuries-old artistic traditions. As early as the twelfth century, emakimono scrolls existed, a narrative form in which stories of all kinds—romantic, fantastic, even comic—were told through the combined use of text and illustration. Japanese art continued to change as profound political, social, and economic transformations remade the country in the centuries to follow. Today there is little doubt as to the meaning of the term manga—nor to the astonishing popularity of the form—but few in the West understand the long artistic history that gave birth to this phenomenon and the social factors that continue to shape it today. One Thousand Years of Manga is both an informative account of the genesis of the form and a visual delight. Through its captivating illustrations and enlightening text, the book situates manga in its proper context, appreciating it for what it truly is: an integral part of Japanese art and culture that is as rich and revealing as it is popular.
Ingo F. Walther - Paul Gauguin
A monográfia sorra veszi Gauguin életének, alkotótevékenységének korszakait, az impresszionista kezdetektől a szintetista, szimbolista útkeresésen át a művészetének betetőzését jelentő második óceániai utazásig és a Fatu Iwa szigetén bekövetkezett haláláig.
Ismeretlen szerző - Dürertől Dalíig - a Szépművészeti Múzeum legszebb rajzai
A budapesti Szépművészeti Múzeum grafikai gyűjteményéből válogatott rajzok kiadásával végre lehetőség nyílt arra, hogy a művészetbarátok otthon is nézegethessék kedvenceiket, s a kitűnő szerkesztő és a munkatársai közreműködésével: Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Correggio, Veronese, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec, Gauguin, Chagall, Picasso, Dalí és mások művészete bemutatkozhasson hazai – saját – közönségének.
Fabio Bourbon - Enrico Lavagno - A Szentföld
A Szentföld történelme épp oly messzire nyúlik vissza, mint az emberiségé. Nem csoda tehát, hogy a Földgolyó e tenyérnyi területe oly gazdag tárháza az ősi emlékeknek, az évezredes kultúrák nagyságát hirdető romoknak, a megőrzött vagy helyreállított régi épületeknek. Ennek a végtelenül izgalmas régiónak a megismeréséhez ad segítséget a könyv öt fejezete, amely Jeruzsálemen kívül Észak- és Dél-Izrael, a Sínai-félsziget és Jordánia több mint ötven helyszínére kalauzolja el az olvasót.
Amy Krakow - Total Tattoo Book
The most comprehensive book yet on this unique art form. Whether flaunted or hidden, sought as art or curiosity, the tatoo has left its mark on generations. From its beginnings as a pagan ornament to today's popular body art, this book takes an intriguing look at the world of tatoos. 150 photos.
Douglas R. Hofstadter - Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas Hofstadter’s book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel Escher and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.
Ismeretlen szerző - A Book of Surrealist Games
This delightful collection allows everyone to enjoy firsthand the provocative methods used by the artists and poets of the Surrealist school to break through conventional thought and behavior to a deeper truth. Invented and played by such artists as André Breton, Rene Magritte, and Max Ernst, these gems still produce results ranging from the hilarious to the mysterious and profound.
Karen L. French - Hidden Geometry of Life
Encompassing nature, science, art, architecture, and spirituality, and illustrated with over 700 photographs and line drawings, The Hidden Geometry of Life illuminates the secret underpinnings of existence. In her trademark easy-to-understand style, mathematician Karen French shows how sacred geometry permeates every level of being, manifesting itself in simple shapes and numbers, music and sounds, light and color, even in the mysteries of creation itself. But these geometrical archetypes are more than the building blocks of reality: they are gateways to profound new levels of awareness.