Thomas Suarez - [Early Mapping of the Pacific: The Epic Story of Seafarers, Adventurers, and Cartographers Who Mapped the Earth's Greatest Ocean] PDF
English | ISBN: 0794600921 | 2004 | PDF | 265 pages | 96 MB
290 full-color and b&w maps and early prints. Fully illustrated history of the Pacific Ocean from Portuguese mariners to 20th centuy explorers that includes a cornucopia of rare and beautiful maps of the Pacific Ocean, in particular, Hawaii, Tahiti, Australia, and New Zealand, among other Pacific Islands and territories. The text traces the exploration, and charting of the great ocean, and follows the story from classical times through the turn of the 20th century, telling the tales of seafarers who ventured eastward from Asia and were the Pacific's greatest explorers.
Victoria Charles - [Rococo (Art of Century Collection)] PDF
English | ISBN: 1844847403 | 2010 | PDF | 200 pages | 64 MB
Deriving from the French word rocaille, in reference to the curved forms of shellfish, and the Italian barocco, the French created the term Rococo. Appearing at the beginning of the 18th century, it rapidly spread to the whole of Europe. Extravagant and light, Rococo responded perfectly to the spontaneity of the aristocracy of the time. In many aspects, this art was linked to its predecessor, Baroque, and it is thus also referred to as late Baroque style. While artists such as Tiepolo, Boucher and Reynolds carried the style to its apogee, the movement was often condemned for its superficiality. In the second half of the 18th century, Rococo began its decline. At the end of the century, facing the advent of Neoclassicism, it was plunged into obscurity. It had to wait nearly a century before art historians could restore it to the radiance of its golden age, which is rediscovered in this work by Klaus H. Carl and Victoria Charles.
Edmond De Goncourt - [Utamaro (Temporis Collection)] PDF
English | ISBN: 1859956823, 1780429282 | 2008 | PDF | 256 pages | 70,8 MB
If sensuality had a name, it would be without a doubt Utamaro. Delicately underlining the Garden of Pleasures that once constituted Edo, Utamaro, by the richness of his fabrics, the long necks of swans, the mysterious looks, evoke in a few lines the sensual pleasure of the Orient.
In his Life of Utamaro, Edmond de Goncourt, in exquisite language and with analytical skill, interpreted the meaning of the form of Japanese art which found its chief expression in the use of the wooden block for colour printing. To glance appreciatively at the work of both artist and author is the motive of this present sketch. The Ukiyo-e* print, despised by the haughty Japanese aristocracy, became the vehicle of art for the common people of Japan, and the names of the artists who aided in its development are familiarly quoted in every studio, whilst the classic painters of Tosa and Kano are comparatively rarely mentioned.
The consensus of opinion in Japan during the lifetime of Utamaro agrees with the verdict of de Goncourt: no artist was more popular than Utamaro. His atelier was besieged by editors giving orders, and in the country his works were eagerly sought after, while those of his famous contemporary, Toyokuni, were but little known. In the Barque of Utamaro, a famous surimono*, the title of which forms a pretty play upon words, maro being the Japanese for "vessel", the seal of supremacy is set upon the artist. He was essentially the painter of women, and though de Goncourt sets forth his astonishing versatility, he yet entitles his work Utamaro, le Peintre des Maisons vertes.
Colta Ives - [Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)] PDF
English | ISBN: 030010720X, 978-0300107203 | 2005 | PDF | 392 pages | 90 MB
"Drawing is the root of everything," van Gogh wrote to his brother, and, as Ives explains, his drawings, like his justifiably famous letters, were "regular and faithful records of what was on his mind." Commanding in their vigor and acuity, stunning in their directness, van Gogh's drawings are as magnificent in their way as his paintings. It is a boon, therefore, to have nearly 400 line drawings and watercolors gathered in one comprehensive volume. A passionate landscape artist, van Gogh discerned the beauty of even the most modest terrains. You sense grass growing, flowers exhaling fragrance, leaves lifting on a breeze. Then, in winter scenes, he conveys a potent dormancy as bare branches sketch a calligraphy of longing against a brooding sky. His portraits of working people are also evocative, deeply empathic, and respectful. But for all the vitality of his line, loneliness pools in every shadow, and even as van Gogh celebrates fecundity and fortitude, death is ever present. Yet because his attunement to beauty is a form of faith, his drawings trace the unceasing whirl and fusion of life and embody the promise that nothing is truly lost but, rather, transformed.
Penelope Mason - [History of Japanese Art (2nd Ed.)] PDF
English | ISBN: 0131176021 | 2005 | 432 pages | PDF | 222 MB
Now with full color throughout, this book presents a comprehensive, extensively illustrated, and absorbing overview of Japanese art-from the Joman period (10,500 B.C.E. to 300 B.C.E.) through World War II.
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Albert Kostenevitch - [The Nabis (Art of Century Collection)] PDF
English | ISBN: 1844846237 | 2009 | PDF | 200 pages | 66 MB
Pierre Bonnard was the leader of the group of post-impressionist painters who called themselves "the Nabis," based on the Hebrew word for "prophet". Influenced by Odilon Redon, Puvis de Chavannes, popular imagery and Japanese woodblock printing, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton and Denis (to name the most prominent) revolutionised the spirit of decorative technique during one of the richest periods in French painting. Although the increasing individualism of their works often threatened to weaken their unity, the Nabis were above all a group of close friends. The artwork presented in this book - varying between Bonnard's guilelessness, Vuillard's ornamental and mysterious works, Denis's soft languor and Vallotton's almost-bitter roughness - plunges us into the deep source of their creative gifts.
Andrea Bayer - [Art and Love in Renaissance Italy] PDF
ISBN: 158839005 | 2008 | PDF | 394 pages | English | 89.48 Mb
Many famous Italian Renaissance artworks were made to celebrate love and marriage. They were the pinnacles of a tradition "dating from the early Renaissance" of commemorating betrothal, marriage, and the birth of a child by commissioning extraordinary objects or exchanging them as gifts. This important volume is the first to examine the entire range of works to which Renaissance rituals of love and marriage gave rise and makes a major contribution to our understanding of Renaissance art in its broader cultural context. Some 140 works of art, dating from about 1400 to 1600, are discussed by a distinguished group of scholars and are reproduced in full color.
Ernest Renan - [Christ in Art (Temporis Collection)] PDF
English | ISBN: 1844848094 | 2010 | PDF | 256 pages | 73 MB
Since the dawn of Christianity, artists have been fascinated and stirred by the figure of Christ. His likeness appears in frescoes on the walls of catacombs that date from Roman times; he is featured in the stained glass windows of Gothic churches; and he can be found in various forms in today’s pop culture.The Biblical Saviour is not a static, immaterial deity: Christ’s mortal birth, unusual life and dramatic death make him an accessible subject for religious and secular artists alike. Whether they show the spirituality of God Incarnate or the earthly characteristics of a flesh-and-blood man, artistic depictions of Christ are the most controversial, moving or inspirational examples of religious art. This richly illustrated book explores the various ways that Christ is rendered in art, from Cimabue’s Nativity scenes and Fra Angelico’s paintings of the Crucifixion to the provocative portraits of Salvador Dalí and Andres Serrano. Author Joseph Lewis French guides the reader through the most iconic representations of Christ in art – tender or graphic, classical or bizarre, these images of the Messiah reveal the diverse roles of the Son of God in the social milieus and personal lives of the artists.
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