Art History

Art Book ( Big Ideas Simply Explained )

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$25.00
What is Fauvism? Which event inspired Picasso's Guernica? Who connects Andy Warhol and David Hockney?

This comprehensive volume answers all these and more. In a grand timeline of art, it explains how one movement influenced the next, discusses influential painters, sculptors, and artists, and showcases 80 of the world's greatest artworks.

Throughout history, art has taken many forms and offers a kaleidoscopic variety of expression. With The Art Book as your companion, you can browse the world's most important artworks, from prehistoric Altamira cave paintings to pop art and avant-garde video installations.

You can observe artistic inspiration evolving from religious themes in the Middle Ages to abstract shapes and color in the 20th century and understand the ideas that inspired masterpieces by Botticelli, Rembrandt, Klimt, Matisse, and many more. Annotations draw attention to key details of masterpieces, and diagrams offer succinct explanations of art forms and help you contrast techniques of painters such as Cézanne and van Gogh.

With insightful quotations and detailed timelines, The Art Book is a thought-provoking and essential reference for students and art-lovers everywhere.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781465453372
Publication Date: 
2017-03-07
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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

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$50.00
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), as an artist and a woman, has a unique international appeal. Her instantly recognizable work draws extensively on her life and her extraordinarily personal reflections upon it.

On Kahlo's death, her husband, Diego Rivera (1886-1957), ordered that her most private possessions be locked away until 15 years after his death. The bathroom in which her belongings were stored in fact remained unopened until 2004. Through this incredible archive, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up gives readers a unique window into Kahlo's life. It will focus on the personal, combining her prosthetics, jewelry, and clothes with self-portraits, diary entries, and letters to build an intimate portrait of the artist through her possessions, setting this in the context of her political and social beliefs.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781851779604
Publication Date: 
2018-07-24
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Great Paintings

$24.99
A sumptuous, visual guided tour of 66 of the world's greatest paintings, each examined in unrivaled depth.

Unlock the door to your own personal art museum with this magnificent gallery of history's greatest art treasures. From works by Zhang Zeduan, a 12th-century Chinese master, to modern masterpieces by Georgia O'Keefe and Andy Warhol, more than 700 stunning close-up photographs show you famous masterworks in a way you've never seen them before.

Great Paintings is the perfect visual guide to the history of art. More than just a compendium of photos, it demonstrates how landmark paintings were influenced by their historical and social contexts--and how these works went on to inspire future artists. Close-up detail shots visually analyze works of art and highlight their key features, composition, and techniques. Let Great Paintings be your gallery guide, providing a fresh and fascinating ways to look at at beloved paintings and discover new favourites.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781465474391
Publication Date: 
2018-06-05
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Sagrada Familia: The Astonishing Story of Gaudi's Unfinished Masterpiece

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$27.00

An illuminating biography of one of the most famous--and most famously unfinished--buildings in the world, the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona.

The scaffolding-cloaked spires of Antoni Gaudí's masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, dominate the Barcelona skyline and draw in millions of visitors every year. More than a century after the first stone was laid in 1882, the Sagrada Familia remains unfinished, a testament to Gaudí's quixotic ambition, his religious devotion, and the sensuous eccentricity of his design. It has defied the critics, the penny-pinching accountants, the conservative town-planners, and the devotees of sterile modernism. It has enchanted and frustrated the citizens of Barcelona. And it has passed through the landmark changes of twentieth-century Spain, surviving two World Wars, the ravages of the Spanish Civil War, and the "Hunger Years" of Franco's rule.

Gijs van Hensbergen's The Sagrada Familia explores the evolution of this remarkable building, working through the decades right up to the present day before looking beyond to the final stretch of its construction. Rich in detail and vast in scope, this is a revelatory chronicle of an iconic structure, its place in history, and the wild genius that created it.

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9781632867810
Publication Date: 
2017-07-25
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