Most popular History of art / art & design styles books
The most popular History of art / art & design styles books currently available. Updated weekly.
A companion piece to The Lost Words - A Spell Book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, this beautifully presented hardback book features exclusive new spells and artwork and a CD of new music from an incredible collaboration between Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Kerry Andrew, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter, Jim Molyneux.
Be guided and inspired by the world's greatest artists with this creative set of oracle cards.
No artist captured the glamour of the fin-de-siecle era as definitively as Alphonse Mucha. His highly stylized artwork, evoking a spirit of luxury and leisure, is celebrated in this slim calendar. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
Claude Monet's Impressionist technique still inspires to this day. Whether it's his stunning Water Lilies series, or genre-defining Impression, Sunrise, discover what made Monet the master of French 19th-century art in this exuberant exploration of his life and work.
Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock and proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality.' In inimitable style, our greatest historian and master storyteller Simon Schama makes an irresistible case for the power of art and its necessary place in our lives.
Shows that any of us can appreciate art. Based on his hugely popular BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures and full of pictures, this title presents the author's personal journey through the art world that answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery but seem too embarrassing to ask.
From impossible staircases to tesselated birds, explore the graphic genius of M.C. Escher, master of quirky vantage points, mathematical puzzles, and the transition from paper flatness to illusory volume. This essential introduction presents key Escher works, exploring the evolution of a unique pictorial style that has captivated scientists and...
This textbook is endorsed by OCR and supports the specification for A-Level Classical Civilisation (first teaching September 2017). It covers Components 23 and 24 from the 'Culture and the Arts' Component Group: Invention of the Barbarian by Alastair ThorleyGreek Art by Athina Mitropoulos and Laura SnookWhat image did the ancient Greeks have of themselves and others? How and why were men and women represented differently in Greek art? To what extent is modern western ideology still influenced by ancient Greek attitudes towards the east?This book offers both A-Level students and their teachers the opportunity to consider these and many other important questions. The ideas prevalent in fifth-century Athens retain their powerful influence across the modern world, regardless of whether we agree that they should., The ideal preparation for the final examinations, all content is presented by experts and experienced teachers in a clear and accessible narrative. Ancient literary and visual sources are described and analysed, with supporting images. Helpful student features include study questions, quotations from contemporary scholars, further reading, and boxes focusing in on key people, events and terms., Practice questions and exam guidance prepare students for assessment. A Companion Website is available at www.bloomsbury.com/class-civ-as-a-level.
A raw, cerebral work devoted to the inextricability of pleasure and pain, and to the question of what role, if any, aesthetic beauty can play in times of great heartache or grief.
The indispensable guide to the most exciting painters of recent years, chosen by leading arts professionals - now in paperback
Meet trailblazers like Marianne Brandt, Gertrud Arndt, and Lucia Moholy in Bauhausmadels-or "Bauhaus girls", a term that expressed admiration for the young women who bravely eluded traditional gender roles to build a different future. With never-before-seen portraits and biographies, this is a unique celebration of the Bauhaus centennial and a...
In So Much Longing in So Little Space, Karl Ove Knausgaard explores the life and work of Edvard Munch. Setting out to understand the enduring power of Munch's painting, Knausgaard reflects on the essence of creativity, on choosing to be an artist, experiencing the world through art and its influence on his own writing.
No other 17th-century artist played the self-portrait game as extravagantly as the Dutchman Rembrandt. Spanning from his youth until just a year prior to his death, this unprecedented collection gathers the entirety of Rembrandt's self-portraiture in impeccable reproductions. The works are an intimate glimpse into the artist's lifelong self-...
Long revered as the authority on craftsmanship and Japanese aesthetics, Yanagi devoted his life and writing to defend the value of craft. In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, The Beauty of Everyday Things is a call to deepen relationships with the objects that surround people.
Featuring 12 celebrated designs from the collection of the William Morris Gallery, this mini calendar highlights the talent and longevity of the designs that came out of Morris & Co. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
What Time Is It? is a playful meditation on the illusory nature of time. In this beautiful essay in pictures, Berger posits the idea that by experiencing the extraordinary, we can defy time itself.
Sister Wendy's enthralling collection, made before her death, will bring understanding of the depths and subtleties of some of the world's greatest works of art.
A leading Leonardo da Vinci scholar takes a fresh look at the master's work by exploring 100 key da Vinci milestones across his oeuvres of art, science, engineering, architecture, anatomy and more, in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of his death.
Show your Hogwart pride with this classic set of ten Hogwarts note cards, the newest addition to Insight Editions' best-selling Harry Potter stationery series! Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, founded by Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin, is located in the grand Hogwarts castle. These embossed foil note cards celebrate the iconic school by showcasing its classic crest in a clean, minimal design. A perfect accessory to the beloved Harry Potter films, the Hogwarts Crest Foil Note Cards invite fans to show their love for the magical series.
The essential handbook for students, arts professionals and other aspiring writers on contemporary art.
Feminist icon, symbol of Mexican culture, political activist, groundbreaking artist: discover the many facets of Frida Kahlo, who transformed the afflictions of her life into unremittingly powerful paintings. In this introduction, Kahlo's body of bold, arresting works are presented alongside her turbulent life to shed light on the audacious...
The Dutch Golden Age spawned some of history's greatest artists and artisans, but few can boast of the genius of Rembrandt. Commemorating 350 years of unparalleled legacy, this XXL-sized monograph gathers the artist's 330 paintings in exquisite reproductions and details that reveal how, in all their forms, Rembrandt's painted works are built of...
This new book presents all you need to know about Vincent Van Gogh's turbulent and prolific creative life, featuring fifty works from the world's leading art collections and museums.
Published to enormous critical acclaim and commercial success between 2011 and 2012, these classic memoirs from the late great and incendiary art critic Brian Sewell will be reissued in a single volume in response to their continuing popularity.
A dazzling reprint of Hiroshige's views of Edo (modern-day Tokyo), one of the masterpieces of the ukiyo-e woodblock tradition and a paradigm of the Japonisme that inspired Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Art Nouveau artists, from Vincent van Gogh to James McNeill Whistler.
A personal biography of Leonora Carrington, the debutante who ran away to Mexico and became one of the world's most significant surrealist artists.
Eyewitnessing evaluates the worth of images as historical evidence, examining religious, political, advertising and commodified images. Peter Burke challenges the conventional view that images represent specific historical meanings.
In 2017 the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction for $450m. But is it a real da Vinci? In a thrilling narrative built on formidable research, Ben Lewis tracks the extraordinary journey of a masterpiece lost and found, lied and fought over across the centuries.
Delight in page after page of Michelangelo's graphic brilliance. From architectural structures to anatomically perfect figures, this fresh edition intersperses some of the artist's finest drawings with his own notes and revisions, offering spine-tingling proximity to the process of his genius.
Shimmering, pulsating color masses characterize the Abstract Expressionist masterpieces of Mark Rothko. Like no other artist in his generation, Rothko developed his own stylistic vocabulary, creating ceiling-high canvases that were to be experienced as much as seen, submerging viewers in the drama, intimacy, and tragedy of the human condition.
Published to coincide withthe bi-centenary of Ruskin's birth, John Ruskin: An IdiosyncraticDictionary Encompassing his Passions, his Delusions and his Prophecies provides an accessible way into the worldof Ruskin and his writing.
Illustrated travel guide to the United Kingdom's Art Deco locations and architectural treasures: monuments, hotels, restaurants, theatres, lidos, bars and cinemas.
Now available in a new edition, this survey of great contemporary artists is the perfect introduction to the exciting world of art today.
* New edition of this popular anthology of twentieth-century art-theoretical texts. * Now updated to include the results of new research, together with significant contributions from the 1990s. * Includes writings by critics, philosophers, politicians and literary figures.
Live art in the fast lane with this essential introduction to Tamara de Lempicka, the Russian emigre who moved to Paris, took up painting, and left one of the most vivid visual documents of the Roaring Twenties. From her iconic Self-Portrait in the Green Bugatti to portraits of high-society patrons, this book traces the artist's unique visual...
A fun introduction to the world of modern artists, from Albers to Zox, via Basquiat, Kahlo, Warhol and more.