History (255)

City and Peninsula

ISBN: 9780473122393

Author: John Wilson    Publisher: Christchurch Civic trust

Historic buildings of many different uses, architectural styles and ages have survived in Christchurch, Lyttelton and Akaroa. This book celebrates the region's ...


Historic buildings of many different uses, architectural styles and ages have survived in Christchurch, Lyttelton and Akaroa. This book celebrates the region's rich and varied historic heritage.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 200


Dimensions: 238 x 294 mm


$34.99
Art Deco

ISBN: 9783791382418

Author: Norbert Wolf    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Now available in a new format, this lavishly illustrated volume explores Art Deco art and design from its origin to its present day influences. The Art Deco sty...


Now available in a new format, this lavishly illustrated volume explores Art Deco art and design from its origin to its present day influences. The Art Deco style is so recognizable and widespread that its original impact on the culture in which it emerged has been all but lost in the clutter of imitation. This book draws our attention back to the birth of Art Deco a period between two devastating world wars when industrialization was flourishing, interest in archaeology was peaking, and movements such as Cubism, Constructivism, Futurism, and Modernism were turning the art world on its head. Brilliantly designed to reflect the style it celebrates, "Art Deco" is filled with hundreds of examples of painting, architecture, interiors, jewelry, crafts, furniture, and fashion. Author Norbert Wolf traces the chronology of the Art Deco style by looking at the politics and culture of Europe in the 1920s and early 30s and the artistic movements that paralleled its popularity. He follows Art Deco s influence in Europe and its spread to the Americas and Asia. Most importantly, this wideranging volume looks beyond the era of Art Deco s origination to the present day. Pointing to the numerous revivals and contemporary echoes in painting and even literature, this beautiful volume demonstrates the style s lasting importance."


Bind: hardback


Pages: 288


Dimensions: 226 x 323 mm


Publication Date: 20-03-2016


$95.00
Maniera: Pontormo, Bronzino and Medici Florence

ISBN: 9783791355061

Author: Bastian Eclercy    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Emerging in the early 16th century on the heels of the Renaissance, the mannerist style arose out of the art world's attempts to further the incredible achievem...


Emerging in the early 16th century on the heels of the Renaissance, the mannerist style arose out of the art world's attempts to further the incredible achievements of Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael. Mannerist art comprises many facets: it is elegant, cultivated and sophisticated, but also artificial, extravagant and sometimes even bizarre. Some called the art of Maniera "the stylish style". Spanning the period from the return of the Medici in 1512 and the first tentative steps of the new generation of artists to the definition of the Maniera in Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists in 1568, more than 120 paintings, drawings and sculptures from the world's leading museums are gathered in this book. It features works by Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino and Giorgio Vasari, with a special focus on the work of Pontormo and Bronzino, the central figures of Florentine mannerism. The developments in art during the decades in question are closely related to the history of the city of Florence. Refined elegance and creative extravagance render the painters of the Maniera a particular phenomenon in the art of Italy. This beautifully produced and authoritative book presents the achievements and practitioners of one of the most intriguing and influential periods in the history of European art.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 280


Dimensions: 230 x 280 mm


$130.00
Munch and Expressionism

ISBN: 9783791355269

Author: Jill Lloyd    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Edvard Munch came of age during an artistic period that celebrated beauty and design. But in his own art, Munch explored darker themes-alienation, sin, and huma...


Edvard Munch came of age during an artistic period that celebrated beauty and design. But in his own art, Munch explored darker themes-alienation, sin, and human vulnerability. His resulting work incorporated the vivid colors of previous styles, but intensified their emotional power and paved the way for an entirely new approach to painting. Although much has been written about Munch's life and its influence on his art, there has not been a study of the artist's influence on his German and Austrian peers-until now. Featuring contributions by leading scholars in the field, including Patricia Bermann, Alison Chang, Jay Clarke, Reinhold Heller, Jill Lloyd, Nils Ohlsen, and Oystein Uvstedt, this authoritative and beautifully illustrated book explores Munch's impact on Austrian and German artists of the period within an Expressionist context. It also examines work in specific media, such as Munch's seminal contributions to printmaking. The artist's thematic and stylistic leitmotifs are highlighted, including self-portraiture, urban scenes, landscapes, couples, and the artist and his model. Vibrant reproductions of works from throughout Munch's oeuvre, including such icons as The Scream, Madonna, and The Kiss, make this a splendid introduction to the artist as well as an exciting springboard to the study of European Expressionism.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 235 x 285 mm


$125.00
50 Paintings You Should Know

ISBN: 9783791381701

Author: Kristina Lowis    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Spanning seven centuries, this selection of fifty iconic paintings offers readers a crash course in art history while presenting gorgeous color reproductions th...


Spanning seven centuries, this selection of fifty iconic paintings offers readers a crash course in art history while presenting gorgeous color reproductions that are a pleasure to contemplate. Starting with Giotto's Arena Chapel frescoes and continuing through Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, as well as works by Monet, van Gogh, Cassatt, Cezanne, Dali, Kahlo, Hopper, Pollock, Rothko, and O'Keeffe, nearly every important painter is represented in this book. It features works that may be familiar to the eye, but whose histories are even more fascinating. Readers will learn about the painters who created them, the reasons for their importance and the places the paintings can be found. As entertaining as it is informative, this beautiful book is the perfect introduction to great paintings that have stood the test of time.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 195 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 01-03-2016


$45.00
The Pope's Army

ISBN: 9780824520588

Author: Robert Royal    Publisher: Independent Publishers Group

With the recent elections of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, the world witnessed the pomp and honor of the Swiss Guard, the "Pope's Army." Now bestselling a...


With the recent elections of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, the world witnessed the pomp and honor of the Swiss Guard, the "Pope's Army." Now bestselling author Robert Royal takes us through the colorful 500-year history of the military guard that has witnessed every major Vatican event for half a millennium. Topics include the guard's origins, the Medici Popes, the sack of Rome, the Napoleonic War, the unification of Italy, the Pope's imprisonment; World Wars I and II; and the Nazi occupation of Rome. Perfect for those seeking a greater understanding of the Vatican's inner-workings, Robert Royal's bestselling book on the Swiss Guard is now available in paperback.


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Pages: 224


Dimensions: 134 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 21-06-2016


$45.00
Ars Sacra

ISBN: 9783848008957

Author: Rolf Toman    Publisher: h f Ullmann

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 ce...


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, and culture, from the late antiquity to the middle ages, renaissance, baroque, art nouveau to works by contemporary artists such as Marc Chagall and Gerhard Richter.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 800


Dimensions: 250 x 380 mm


$240.00
The Art of the Italian Renaissance

ISBN: 9783848008391

Author: Rolf Toman    Publisher: h f Ullmann

The Italian Renaissance is among the most glamorousepochs of European art. Art historians as well as a widepublic are fascinated by three centuries of exception...


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 produced works ofinternational fame such as Michelangelo's frescos in theSistine Chapel. The cityscapes of the great centers ofthat time would be vastly different without theirRenaissance architecture - cities like Florence, Rome, and Venice are veritable museums of an epoch whose art remains vital and influential even today. Impressive illustrations of works from every branch ofthe fine arts feature prominently in this book, which not only competently explains various aspects of Renaissance art, but also invites readers to observethem closely with its fabulous pictures.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 464


Dimensions: 216 x 253 mm


$39.99
Egypt

ISBN: 9783848008360

Author: Regine Schultz    Publisher: h f Ullmann

Roman emperors, Arab scholars, and early travellers were already drawn to and enchanted by the fascination of the land along the Nile. The pyramids of Giza, the...


Roman emperors, Arab scholars, and early travellers were already drawn to and enchanted by the fascination of the land along the Nile. The pyramids of Giza, the temple-city of Karnak, or the Valley of the Kings with the grave of Tutankhamen even today maintain their extraordinary force of attraction.Across the centuries, the high culture of the ancient Egyptians has pertained its allure. This can certainly be attributed to their astounding architectural, artistic, and technological achievements as well as their high level of writing and literature. The unified world view of old Egypt, in which science and religion are an indissoluble unity, impresses us deeply, as well.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 540


Dimensions: 216 x 253 mm


Tags: February 2017   History   Reference   Education
$39.99
Art Nouveau

ISBN: 9783848008346

Author: Gabrielle Fahr-Becker    Publisher: h f Ullmann

The unity of art and life was the expressed goal of the Art Nouveau movement, the prelude to modernity. On the basis of shared ideas its adherents strove for a ...


The unity of art and life was the expressed goal of the Art Nouveau movement, the prelude to modernity. On the basis of shared ideas its adherents strove for a homogenous style, which nonetheless took on manifold variations in its expression. Dr. Gabriele Fahr-Becker pursues this will to style in architecture, interior decor, furniture design, silver and goldsmithery, ceramics and glasswork, graphic arts and painting. The author leads her readers through the diverse national variations of Art Nouveau in Europe and the United States. The significance of the literary and philosophical as well as cultural and political background is explained by means of many theories and writings by artists and their contemporaries. The countless permutations of Art Nouveau are woven into a complex and yet distinctive picture of this artistic movement at the turn of the twentieth century.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 428


Dimensions: 216 x 253 mm


$39.99
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