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  • The State as a Work of Artby Jacob Burckhardt

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 7.98

    Pioneering art historian Jacob Burckhardt saw the Italian Renaissance as no less than the beginning of the modern world. In this hugely influential work he argues that the Renaissance's creativity, competitiveness, dynasties, great city-states and even its vicious rulers sowed the seeds of a new era. GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books... more...

  • Leonardo Da Vinciby Charles Nicholl

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 27.18

    Leonardo is the greatest, most multi-faceted and most mysterious of all Renaissance artists, but extraordinarily, considering his enormous reputation, this is the first full-length biography in English for several decades. Prize-winning author Charles Nicholl has immersed himself for five years in all the manuscripts, paintings and artefacts to produce... more...

  • On Paintingby Leon Alberti; Martin Kemp; Cecil Grayson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.78

    Artist, architect, poet and philosopher, Leon Battista Alberti revolutionized the history of art with his theories of perspective in On Painting (1435). Inspired by the order and beauty inherent in nature, his groundbreaking work sets out the principles of distance, dimension and proportion; instructs the painter on how to use the rules of composition,... more...

  • Ways of Seeingby John Berger

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 14.38

    How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever. "Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak." "But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is... more...

  • The Everything Da Vinci Bookby Shana Priwer; Cynthia Phillips

    F+W Media 2006; US$ 14.95

    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...

  • Leonardo and the Last Supperby Ross King

    Doubleday Canada 2012; US$ 23.00

    Early in 1495, Leonardo da Vinci began work in Milan on what would become one of history's most influential and beloved works of art- The Last Supper . After a dozen years at the court of Lodovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, Leonardo was at a low point personally and professionally: at forty-three, in an era when he had almost reached the average life... 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...

  • 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...

  • L?Art du paysageby Émile Michel

    Parkstone International 2012; US$ 9.95

    Longtemps considéré comme la simple toile de fond d'une oeuvre, le paysage a dépassé la peinture religieuse et la peinture d'histoire pour devenir un genre à part entière. Si, pour les artistes, la nature a longtemps servi d'exercice et de décors aux sujets, elle a finalement été étudiée et intégrée dans leurs oeuvres comme un témoignage de l'étude... more...