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  • The Ransom of Russian Artby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 11.10

    In the 1960's and 1970's, American professor Norton Dodge forayed on his own in the Soviet Union, bought the work of underground "unofficial" artists, and brought it out himself or arranged to have it shipped illegally to the United States. John McPhee investigates Dodge's clandestine activities in the service of dissident Soviet art, his motives... more...

  • High Victorian Designby Nikolaus Pevsner

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 20.41

    'Thirst for information, faith in commerce and industry, inventiveness and technical daring, energy and tenacity, and a tendency to mix up religion with visible success - all these qualities have to be remembered as one embarks on a conducted tour of some of the exhibits of 1851.' The Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace was opened... more...

  • Death in Florenceby Paul Strathern

    Random House 2011; US$ 36.65

    By the end of the fifteenth century, Florence was well established as the home of the Renaissance. As generous patrons to the likes of Botticelli and Michelangelo, the ruling Medici embodied the progressive humanist spirit of the age, and in Lorenzo the Magnificent they possessed a diplomat capable of guarding the militarily weak city in a climate... more...

  • Art Explainedby Robert Cumming

    Dorling Kindersley Ltd 2008; Not Available

    This fascinating book takes a stunning, visual approach to exploring and deconstructing everything you could want to know about 45 of the world's favourite paintings. Introductory text sets the scene for each picture, then captions and numerious annotations guide the reader all around the work, detailing the painter's techniques and intentions and... more...

  • The Best Art You've Never Seenby Julian Spalding

    Rough Guides Ltd 2010; Not Available

    Across the globe there are scores of beautiful and unusual works of art that are largely unseen or fail to receive the critical acclaim they deserve. The Best Art You've Never Seen is your essential companion to this hidden world of artistic treasures. Travelling from Peru to Papua New Guinea, The Best Art You've Never Seen restores to view 101... more...

  • The Everything Da Vinci Bookby Shana Priwer; Cynthia Phillips

    F+W Media 2006; US$ 14.95 US$ 13.46

    Whatever you've heard about Leonardo Da Vinci, the truth is even more fascinating! From his provocative relationship with the church and secret societies such as the Freemasons to the secrets behind his art and inventions, Da Vinci was a man ahead of his time who willingly paid the price to live life his way. This multitalented man, arguably the greatest... more...

  • Once upon a time in Papunyaby Kevin Markwell

    UNSW Press 2010; US$ 39.95

    Astronomical auction prices in the late 1990s first drew many people’s attention to the phenomenon of the early Papunya boards, the thousand small painted panels created at the remote Northern Territory Aboriginal settlement of Papunya in 1971-72. Western Desert art expert Vivien Johnson looks at the controversies that surrounded the paintings... more...

  • La Beauté Animaleby John Bascom

    Parkstone International 2012; US$ 5.00

    Si l?animal fut tour à tour représenté par les peintres pour sa fonction symbolique, cathartique ou allégorique, il fut aussi et surtout, et ce dès les peintures rupestres, peint pour lui-même, en tant que Nature. En suspendant aux cimaises les chefs-d?oeuvre de la Beauté animale, de la Renaissance à nos jours, à l?occasion d?une exposition qui aura... more...

  • Bild - Raum - Handlungby Ortwin Dally; Susanne Moraw; Hauke Ziemssen

    De Gruyter 2012; US$ 0.00

    Images are more than just objects to be observed. In all periods they have had a direct influence on the way we perceive things and act, in particular in the course of ceremonies. In this volume, various archaeological disciplines consider a number of case studies of the relationships between works of art, spaces and actions in past cultures ?... more...

  • Glittering Imagesby Camille Paglia

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 18.95

    WIth full-color illustrations throughout From the best-selling author of Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn and one of our most acclaimed cultural critics, here is an enthralling journey through Western art?s defining moments, from the ancient Egyptian tomb of Queen Nefertari to George Lucas?s volcano planet duel in Revenge of the Sith.... more...