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  • Death in Florenceby Paul Strathern

    Random House 2011; US$ 34.98

    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...

  • Leonardo Da Vinciby Charles Nicholl

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; Not Available

    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; Not Available

    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; Not Available

    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...

  • Artby Robert Cumming

    Dorling Kindersley Ltd 2008; Not Available

    Showing you what others only tell you. Perfect for any art-lover this is the definitive visual guide to enjoying and appreciating art. From old masters and modern greats to key movements and styles, discover how masterpieces were created and where they can be viewed. The ideal museum and gallery companion. 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

    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...

  • Modern Theories of Art 2by Moshe Barasch

    NYU Press 1998; US$ 89.00

    In this volume, the third in his classic series of texts surveying the history of art theory, Moshe Barasch traces the hidden patterns and interlocking themes in the study of art, from Impressionism to Abstract Art. Barasch details the immense social changes in the creation, presentation, and reception of art which have set the history of art theory... 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...