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  • Pioneers of Modern Designby Nikolaus Pevsner

    Penguin Books Ltd 1991; US$ 20.78

    One of the most widely read books on modern design, Nikolaus Pevsner's landmark work today remains as stimulating as it was when first published in 1936. This expanded edition of Pioneers of Modern Design provides Pevsner's original text along with significant new and updated information, enhancing Pevsner's illuminating account of the roots of Modernism.... more...

  • Rembrandtby Klaus Carl

    Parkstone International 2011; US$ 3.50

    Rembrandt is completely mysterious in his spirit, his character, his life, his work and his method of painting. What we can divine of his essential nature comes through his painting and the trivial or tragic incidents of his unfortunate life; his penchant for ostentatious living forced him to declare bankruptcy. His misfortunes are not entirely explicable,... more...

  • Rembrandtby Émile Michel

    Parkstone International 2014; US$ 8.95

    Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) has long been considered one of the greatest artists in European history. His paintings have launched imitations and homages, including best-selling novels, a recent TV series, and even a handful of popular films. Now, for the first time, this lovely text by Émile Michel is paired with carefully curated selections from... more...

  • But Is It Art?by Cynthia Freeland

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 9.99

    In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this book, Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical... more...

  • Concerning the Spiritual in Artby Wassily Kandinsky; Michael T. H. Sadler

    The Floating Press 1911; US$ 7.99

    Kandinsky sees the spiritual life of humanity as a pyramid. The artist must lead the layman to the top of this pyramid through the soulful exercise of art. Kandinsky differentiates between the superficial pleasure art inspires and the inner resonance created when art is considered attentively and allowed to touch the soul. The artist is allowed absolute... more...

  • On the Decay of the Art of Lyingby Mark Twain

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    On the Decay of the Art of Lying is a short essay by Mark Twain from 1885. In it he deplores that way man's "most faithful friend" is being used and indeed misused, declaring that "the wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and not an evil one; to lie for others'... more...

  • The Beautifulby Vernon Lee

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 5.99

    This book takes Beauty as already existing and enjoyed, and seeks to analyze and account for Beauty's existence and enjoyment. More strictly speaking, it analyzes and accounts for Beauty not inasmuch as existing in certain objects and processes, but rather as calling forth (and being called forth by) a particular group of mental activities and... more...

  • The Mind of the Artistby Laurence Binyon; George Clausen

    The Floating Press 1909; US$ 5.99

    The Mind of the Artist speaks for itself, and really requires no word of introduction. These opinions as a whole have a harmony and consistency, and announce clearly that the directing impulse must be a desire for expression, that art is a language, and that the thing to be said is of more importance than the manner of saying it. This desire for expression... more...

  • Von Göttern und Heldenby Arnulf Krause

    Konrad Theiss Verlag 2012; US$ 38.15

    Feen und Zaubernebel, magische Schwerter und grausame Monster, düstere Götter und riesenhafte Steinskulpturen: Die nordischen Mythen üben auch heute noch eine einzigartige Anziehungskraft aus. Uralte Erzählungen von Abenteurern und Liebeshändeln, vom Anfang der Zeiten und dem Ende der Welt - Generationen lauschten am Lagerfeuer diesen Geschichten... more...

  • Göttliche Kinderby Michaela Stark

    Franz Steiner Verlag 2013; US$ 61.07

    Mythen von Geburt und Kindheitstaten der Götter und Heroen sind sowohl in der literarischen Überlieferung als auch in der Bilderwelt des antiken Griechenland präsent. Michaela Stark betrachtet das momentan in der Forschung intensiv diskutierte Thema "Kindheit" von einem neuen Standpunkt aus und gewinnt auf dieser Grundlage neue Erkenntnisse... more...