Subject Area: Art History

An Annotated Catalogue of the Illustrations of Human and Animal Expression From the Collection of Charles Darwin
 Prodger, Phillip
1998 0-7734-8467-1 144 pages
The illustrations described in this catalogue were the subject of an exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London, from 5 February to 29 March, 1998. Frontispiece only, no prints.

Price: $139.95

Artistic Ideals of Graphic Design Artists in the Television Industry
 Ulloth, Dana
2007 0-7734-5316-4 260 pages
This work analyzes the aesthetics of television design in the broader context of art history and theory while examining the motivations, work practices, and creative ambitions of contemporary design practitioners. Based on interviews of the graphic artists who produce such works, this book offers, for the first time, first-hand information about how these individuals understand their own work. The underlying question studied was: do these individuals fulfill an artistic objective in how they approach their craft? The result is a highly detailed qualitative insight into how television graphic designers work and view their craft that can provide the basis for later research.

Price: $199.95

Bathsheba in Late Medieval French Manuscript Illumination
 Walker Vadillo, Monica Ann
2008 0-7734-5243-5 176 pages
This study examines the visual representations of David watching Bathsheba bathing in French manuscript illuminations from the middle of the fifteenth to the sixteenth century. The author applies contemporary theories of the gaze to this medieval subject to consider the various interpretations of Bathsheba’s agency in the event of David’s adultery. This book contains 14 color photographs.

Price: $159.95

Bernard of Clairvaux’s Broad Impact on Medieval Culture
 Hufgard, M. Kilian
2001 0-7734-7691-1 104 pages
Medieval art historians show varying degrees of interest in the aesthetics of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Some pronounce him ‘Philistine’ for his apparent lack of appreciation of art and beauty. Others see his monastic asceticism as a negative influence on 12th century culture. Some of these evaluations are made using the academic aesthetic notion that beauty is the objective of art. Others are made using certain controvertible modern theories, methods and criteria which are foreign to the medieval mind. This study examines Bernard’s wisdom regarding beauty and goodness: his idea that the goodness shining forth from a true being or creation that is perceived as beauty, as a thing of joy, as a true aesthetic response. This ‘true thing’ differs widely from a false thing, the intent of which is focused primarily on the glamorous, the spectacular, and/or self-interest, and which is poorly conceived and poorly made. The essays attempt to show the many occasions on which Bernard recognizes the presence of beauty shining forth for a variety of true beings. With illustrations.

Price: $119.95

Employing the Grotesque as a Communication Strategy: The History of an Artistic Style
 Choi, Myung
2009 0-7734-3844-0 132 pages
This work examines the presence of the grotesque in fiction, plastic arts, and films, to interpret the postmodern artistic phenomenon. The Reader’s Response Theory is utilized in order to examine the relevance of the grotesque to one of the most important factors of postmodernism: the reader. The study analyzes the evolution of the grotesque and reveals different levels of grotesque imagery and its possible meanings in the works of three authors: Machado de Assis, Camilo José Cela, and Alejandra Pizarnik.

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ESSAYS ON WOMEN’S ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS 1919-1939: Expanded Social Roles for the New Woman Following the First World War
 Birnbaum, Paula
2009 0-7734-4807-1 316 pages
This work examines the social, cultural and political contexts in which women artists from Europe, Asia, and North America had the opportunity to contribute to their nations’ cultural production. This book contains twenty-nine black and white photographs.

Price: $219.95

Francisco Goya (1746-1828): Letters of Love and Friendship in Translation
 Hara, Jacqueline
1997 0-7734-8664-X 172 pages
Francisco Goya's Letters of Love and Friendship to Martin Zapater establish a connection between Goya's private life and his work. The correspondence reflects the painter's daily life in Madrid during the period from 1775 to 1800; he refers to friends and colleagues, entertainers, bullfighters, and work in progress. The letters are translated within the context of their time, and the translator provides biographical data and notes explaining difficult, archaic, or dialectal words and expressions. An extensive bibliography makes this text relevant not only to interdisciplinary scholars of Goya, but also to those who specialize in eighteenth-century studies.

Price: $159.95

Imagining of Community in European Art and Architecture, 1140-1617: Envisioning Transcendence Of, Authority In, and Foundations for Community
 Greene, David B.
2010 0-7734-3713-4 252 pages
This book takes up six sets of works of art that imagine community. These works do not illustrate concepts of community or make community an explicit theme. Nevertheless, the particular techniques and structure of each work project an imagining of community that is unique to the piece. Studying the six sets together opens prospects for re-imagining community and lays the groundwork for re-imagining the relation of arts and society. This book contains twelve color photographs and three black and white photographs.

Price: $199.95

Landscape of Nature in Medieval French Manuscript Illumination
 Gathercole, Patricia M.
1997 0-7734-8539-2 164 pages
This volume shows in more detail than ever before the fascinating portrayals of the landscape of nature on French codices from the Middle Ages. The illuminations, the text, and the folio borders often constitute a work of high quality. From an early stylized portrayal of natural phenomena, this work moves on to a more realistic portrayal as reality rather than tradition and authority prevail, showing the gradual development of early landscape painting. As well as benefiting the medieval scholar, this volume will also delight those who love the outdoors, and may serve in addition as a guide for the visitor to museums and galleries. It will be of interest to historians for its representation of the background for historical events, and to the literary scholar. It discusses subjects such as the painting of trees, mountains, flowers, seas, etc. The Arthurian manuscripts disclose a distinct beauty of scenery in their pictorial representations. Calendars associated with prayer books are especially valuable. With many photographs.

Price: $139.95

MONASTIC ART IN LORENZO MONACO'S FLORENCE: Painting and Patronage in Santa maria degli Angeli, 1300-1415
 Bent, George R.
2006 0-7734-5968-5 636 pages
Locked inside the walls of a severely cloistered monastery, monks from the Camaldolese house of Santa Maria degli Angeli had access to some of the most innovative paintings produced in Florence between 1350 and 1425. Leading painters of the day, like Nardo di Cione and Lorenzo Monaco, filled manuscripts and decorated altars with richly ornamented pictures that related directly to liturgical passages recited – and theological positions embraced – by members of the institution. In a city marked by wealthy and sophisticated ecclesiastical communities, the one at Santa Maria degli Angeli had few peers.

Dependent on the benefices of a powerful network of patronage, the monks in Santa Mara degli Angeli counted among their staunchest allies families associated with the most important political alliances in Florence, and by 1378 the monastery was considered by many to be closely linked to the city’s most potent families. Monks executed a variety of tasks and obligations which took place throughout the year. Among these was a lengthy and solemn procession, held on specific feast days, that took the community to every altar and altarpiece in the monastic complex. The route they took and the images they saw caused each participant to see his collection of images in sequence, and thus encouraged him to consider the altarpieces in his environment both individually and collectively. The culmination of this procession came to be the extraordinary high altarpiece produced by Lorenzo Monaco in 1413, the Coronation of the Virgin, which summarized both the entire program of monastic imagery in Santa Maria degli Angeli and the importance of individual patronage in Europe’s most progressive and potent city-state. This work examines and explains the appearance, function, and uses of painting in one of the day’s most important cultural centers.

Because of the size of the book and the large number of photographs, this book is priced at $399.95.

Price: $399.95

Political Artistry of the Bayeux Tapestry
 Crafton, John Micheal
2008 0-7734-5318-0 212 pages
This work provides a critical review of the scholarship history of the Bayeux Tapestry before examining the Tapestry through a variety of interpretive lenses to elucidate its meaning and purpose. By examining the stylistic and story-telling qualities of the Tapestry, themes of conquest and Norman imperial ambitions are elucidated.

Price: $179.95

The Genius of German Art
 Keith-Smith, Brian
2024 1-4955-1250-9 242 pages
"This account of aspects of the development of German art from the Renaissance to the 1990s emphasizes recurring themes that have persisted into the twentieth century. Contrast in any German work of art can be explicit in its subject or form, or implicit in the way that a theme is treated. ...Emphasis on contrasts explains perhaps the German 'Gesamtkunstwerk' or total work of art--a phrase that is part of a German Romantic tradition where it is claimed that in every work of art, literature or music, its created should aim at a universal dimension." -Brian Keith-Smith *This book includes 18 color prints.

Price: $229.95

 Brockington, Mary
2008 0-7734-4999-X 320 pages
A re-examination “the Separating Sword” that demonstrates the complexity of intertextual influences across linguistic and cultural boundaries.

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The Sola-Busca Tarot Cards: A New Interpretation of the Deity Mercury
 Chishty-Mujahid, Nadya Q.
2024 1-4955-1257-6 112 pages
"The Sola Busca tarocchi is a set of fifteenth-century copperplate engravings and is considered to be the first complete 78 card tarot deck in the world. But I had long suspected that the Sola Busca tarocchi was not intended to be used for divination purposes, or even as a game. This certainly begged the question of what exactly was its purpose...." -Nadya Q. Chishty-Mujahid ("Preface")

Price: $79.95

THOMAS NAST IN HISTORY: America's Greatest Nineteenth-Century Cartoonist
 Williams, Jay G.
2012 0-7734-4239-1 376 pages
America’s greatest 19th Century Cartoonist, Thomas Nast is the one chiefly responsible for our Christmas vision of a jolly, red-suited, and plump Santa Claus. But more than a playful artist, Jay G. Williams suggests that Nast is an iconographer, building within pictorial images the presence of the sacred as he popularized political and cultural symbols like Lady Columbia. Copiously illustrated, Williams presents Nash’s work in such a way as to bring together politics, religion, and culture in the images themselves. While popularizing these images, Nast also sanctified them. And in the tension between the two realms, Nast’s work lives on.

Price: $239.95

WHAT MAKES EDOUARD MANET THE FIRST GREAT MODERN ARTIST? The Influence of Charles Baudelaire’s Aesthetic Theory on Manet’s Painting (Two Book Set)
 Ligo, Larry L.R.
2022 1-4955-0936-2 900 pages
This two-book set provides a thorough examination and interpretation of nearly every major painting that Edouard Manet publicly exhibited between 1861-1882 in his struggle to create a new style called modern art. The author demonstrates that Manet developed a unique and new style of painting by employing Charles Baudelaire's aesthetic theory. In this way Manet created the characteristic style of modern art.

This combined, consecutively paginated, two volume book set contains 139 colored illustrations.

Price: $499.95