‘In this painting of Leonardo’s there was a smile so pleasing that it seemed divine rather than human.’
Often called “the first art historian”, Vasari writes with delight on the lives of Leonardo and other celebrated Renaissance artists.
Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin’s 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.
Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574).
Vasari’s works available in Penguin Classics are Lives of the Artists Volume I and Volume II.
John Ruskin - Traffic
‘You shall have thousands of gold pieces;—thousands of thousands—millions—mountains of gold: where will you keep them?’ Two of Ruskin’s most powerful essays: Traffic and The Roots of Honour. The radical Victorian art critic’s excoriating defence of dignity and creativity in a world obsessed by money. [ John Ruskin (1819–1900) ] Little Black Classics celebrates Penguin’s 80th birthday, introducing 80 works from the classics.
Don Hahn - The Alchemy of Animation
The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age is a step-by-step introduction to animated filmmaking from one of the foremost producers of animated features. By drawing (sorry!) upon more than seven decades of Disney's classic and beloved animated films, this stunning book explores the role of the directors, story artists, songwriters, and animators who each play an integral role in the creation of an animated feature. This book includes a special focus on the digital techniques of filmmaking and fresh, behind-the-scenes work from the most current Disney films, including Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, and Bolt, as well as showing other forms of animation such as the stop-motion of "Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas" and "James and the Giant Peach."
Ismeretlen szerző - Korean Cultural Heritage III
In this third volume of the _Korean Cultural Heritage Series_, we focus on traditional and contemporary performing of arts in Korea, theri cultural roots, development and manifestation in modern society. The Korean performing arts are rich and varied but little about them is known in the West. Influences from China have been strong, especially in the areas of court and Confucian ritual dance and music, but Koreans developed their own dynamic music and dance, sometimes building on borrowed foundations, other times creating new. In this introductory section, Professor Kim Moonhwan considers the relationship between the traditional performing arts and the rituals and customs of Korean society Shamanism, a largely indigenious folk religion, lies at the root of one of Korea's most important performing art forms, mas dance-drama. Kim explores the themes and distinctive elements of Korean folk dance-drama and concludes that its dominant charahteristic is passionate community participation. The line between entertainer and audience is ambiguous. All share in the expression of life's joys and sorrows. This sense of community, together with unflagging optimism in the face of extreme hardship, characterises much of Korea's indigenous performing arts.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture
This unique publication provides a wide-ranging reference to indigenous Australian art, covering documented archaeological traditions, art styles of the early contact period and the nineteenth century, and the development of the contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practices.
Don DeLillo - The Body Artist
“DeLillo’s most affecting novel yet...A dazzling, phosphorescent work of art.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day.” —Malcolm Jones, Newsweek “A metaphysical ghost story about a woman alone…intimate, spare, exquisite.” —Adam Begley, The New York Times Book Review “A brilliant new novel....Don DeLillo continues to think about the modern world in language and images as quizzically beautiful as any writer.” — San Francisco Chronicle
Sven Zimmermann - Berlin Street Art
Only a smaller book, but a good selection of documented material and examples of the street art scene in Berlin-one of the noticeably more bombed cities in Germany. I really enjoyed repeatedly browsing thru the book, and recommend it to all with an interest in wheat-pasting and stencil work, aswell as other graffiti appreciators.
Ismeretlen szerző - PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives
The project that captured a nation's imagination. The instructions were simple, but the results were extraordinary. "You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to a group art project. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything -- as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. Be brief. Be legible. Be creative." It all began with an idea Frank Warren had for a community art project. He began handing out postcards to strangers and leaving them in public places -- asking people to write down a secret they had never told anyone and mail it to him, anonymously. The response was overwhelming. The secrets were both provocative and profound, and the cards themselves were works of art -- carefully and creatively constructed by hand. Addictively compelling, the cards reveal our deepest fears, desires, regrets, and obsessions. Frank calls them "graphic haiku," beautiful, elegant, and small in structure but powerfully emotional. As Frank began posting the cards on his website, PostSecret took on a life of its own, becoming much more than a simple art project. It has grown into a global phenomenon, exposing our individual aspirations, fantasies, and frailties -- our common humanity. Every day dozens of postcards still make their way to Frank, with postmarks from around the world, touching on every aspect of human experience. This extraordinary collection brings together the most powerful, personal, and beautifully intimate secrets Frank Warren has received -- and brilliantly illuminates that human emotions can be unique and universal at the same time.
Orhan Pamuk - My Name Is Red
Pamuk's widely acclaimed and richly detailed historical thriller, which has been favourably compared with Umberto Eco's "The Name Of The Rose", and which featured heavily in last year's broadsheet "Books Of The Year" round-ups. A murder mystery set in sixteenth century Istanbul, it is also a meditation on love, artistic devotion and the historical and cultural differences between East and West. "Magnificent...In this world of forgeries, where some might be in danger of losing their faith in literature...might well be one of the few recent works of fiction that will be remembered at the end of this century" "Observer".
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories 3.
From Golden Globe Award–nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his online creative coalition hitRECord, and in collaboration with the artist Wirrow, comes Volume 3 in the Tiny Book of Tiny Stories series. To create The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known within the hitRECord.org community as RegularJOE, directs thousands of collaborators to tell tiny stories through words and art. With the help of the entire creative collective, he culls, edits, and curates the massive numbers of contributions into a finely tuned collection. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Volume 3 once again brings together art and voices from around the world to unite and tell stories that defy size.
Ibos Éva - XIX–XX. századi magyar festészet
Ez a könyv a festészet legérdekesebb száz éven keresztül mutatja be a XIX-XX. század magyar művészetét, átfogó képet adva a stílusok és irányzatok váltakozásáról. A rövid szöveg és a legjelentősebb alkotókat bemutató képanyag révén az album kézikönyvként is jól forgatható kezdő és haladó műkedvelők számára egyaránt.
Alan Lee - The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook
A sumptuous large-format hardback containing sketches and paintings from the illustrated Lord of the Rings, together with brand new and previously unseen material. In this large-format hardback Alan Lee reveals in pictures and in words how he created the images in the authorised illustrated edition of The Lord of the Rings. These images would prove so powerful, matching perfectly with Tolkien's own vision, that they would eventually define the look of Peter Jackson's movie trilogy and earn Alan a coveted Academy Award. The book is filled with over 150 of his sketches and early conceptual pieces to show how the project progressed from idea to finished art. It also contains 20 colour paintings reproduced in full-page glory, together with numerous examples of his conceptual art produced for the films and brand new pieces drawn specially for this book. It also includes an exclusive foreword written by Sir Ian McKellen. _The_ _Lord_ _of_ _the_ _Rings_ _Sketchbook_ provides a fascinating insight into the imagination of the man who painted Tolkien's vision, firstly onto the page and then in three dimensions on the cinema screen. It will also be of interest to many of the 100,000 people who have bought the illustrated Lord of the Rings as well as for budding artists and illustrators interested in unlocking the secrets of book illustration.
Anne Brontë - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is one of few nineteenth-century novels to address alcoholism, psychological abuse, violence and the inequality of women's property rights. In a powerful psychological narrative, Anne Brontë tells the strange tale of the disintegration of the marriage of Helen Graham, the mysterious tenant of Wildfell Hall. When it was first published in 1848, Anne Brontë's second novel was attacked by the Spectator for its 'morbid love of the coarse, if not the brutal'. In her defence, Anne stated that she 'wished to tell the truth, for truth always conveys its own moral to those who are able to receive it'. Anne's own sister Charlotte considered the novel 'an entire mistake', and after Anne's death in 1849 she suppressed any further editions, wishing to protect her reputation from accusations of immorality. Anne Brontë challenges the reader, proving that she is a novelist in her own right and not just of interest as the youngest sister of the better known authors Charlotte and Emily.
Andy Warhol - The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
'I never think that people die. They just go to department stores.' Andy Warhol Andy Warhol - American painter, filmmaker, publisher, actor and major figure in the Pop Art movement - was in many ways a reluctant celebrity. Here, in his autobiography, he spills his secret and muses about love, sex, food, beauty, fame, work, money, success, New York and America and its place in the world. But it is his reflections on himself, his Pennsylvanian childhood and his life among celebrities, from working with Elizabeth Taylor to partying with the Rolling Stones, which give a true insight into the mind of one of the most iconic figures in twentieth-century culture.
Szász Endre - Szász-Ország
Az ezredforduló Magyarországának egyik legnagyobb képzőművészeti zsenijéről közel egy évtizede nem jelent meg rangjához méltó kiadvány. _Hogy van? Hol van a mester a harmadik évezred hajnalán? Milyen igaz – ma már büntetlenül elmesélhető és hitelesen leírható – történeteket őriz az elmúlt évtizedekből? Mennyit ér egy igazi művész, ha magyar?_ A SZÁSZ-ORSZÁG gerincét alkotó vidám anekdoták és életmorzsák éppoly különlegesek, mint a mester képeinek „sehol nincs” világa. Szász Endrét lehet szeretni vagy nem szeretni, munkásságát az utókor a hazai képzőművészet jelentős fejezetként fogja mindenképpen jegyezni. Színes festményeket, illusztrációkat és fotókat felvonultató kiadványunk az ezredforduló legkiemelkedőbb, már életében halhatatlanná vált magyar festőművészek kalandos és tanulságos élet-töredékekből alkot mozaikot.
Ismeretlen szerző - A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book
The award-winning PostSecret project's most profound and stunning postcards to date For the past three years Frank Warren has invited people of all backgrounds and nationalities to send him creatively decorated postcards bearing secrets they have never before revealed. He has shared these PostSecrets on his award-winning blog, www.PostSecret.com, in an internationally traveling art exhibit, and in three electrifying books: the bestselling PostSecret, My Secret, and The Secret Lives of Men and Women. Now, in his most extraordinary book yet, Warren again delves into our collective confessions, presenting a never-before-seen selection of provocative and moving PostSecrets. A Lifetime of Secrets lays bare our private fears, hopes, regrets, and desires, from people as young as eight and as old as eighty. From painful admissions of infidelity to breathtaking revelations and endearing sentiments, Warren’s latest collection will shock and move readers of every age, revealing secrets that have haunted their creators for a lifetime.
Peter Stanyer - The Complete Book of Drawing Techniques
One hugely important aspect of an artist's skill is their facility with various techniques, which they use to express their individual style. Being fluent in a wide range of techniques gives the artist a richer creative vocabulary. Choice of technique is largely governed by choice of media, so the artist must know which medium will give the best result and how to use it. This book will help artists to expand their understanding of the wide range of available media. It will teach them the characteristics of each medium and how to use a variety of materials and methods to achieve the required effect.
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.