Who really invented photography? Why is the Mona Lisa really smiling? Which painting was hung upside-down for over a month before anyone noticed? This highly entertaining assumption-confounding, myth-busting book about art and art history has the answers.
Features some fun and educational art activities to keep kids, young and old, occupied at mealtimes. This title also features 36 generously sized mats printed on art activity paper, and 9 different designs, including 3 illustrations. It lets you make up your own pasta shapes; draw your favourite meal; and, more.
Decodes the things around us: their hidden meanings, our relationship with them, how they shape our lives and why we desire them. This book makes us part with our money. It defines who we think we are.
Explores how the ancient relationship between man and nature has been broken in the modern consumer age, with the animals that used to be at the centre of our existence now marginalized and reduced to spectacle.
A selection of Vincent Van Gough's letters, based on an entirely fresh translation, revealing his religious struggles, his fascination with the French Revolution, his search for love and his involvement in humanitarian causes.
Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock and proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality.' In inimitable style, our greatest historian and master storyteller Simon Schama makes an irresistible case for the power of art and its necessary place in our lives.
Why exactly did Van Gogh cut off his ear? Was Warhol an original or just a copyist? This title provides answers to all this. It includes entries that feature cross-referencing and listings of galleries.
What do we mean when we call a work of art beautiful? How do perceptions of beauty change with the passage of time? This title explores these questions, showing the vital relationship between our changing notions of beauty and specific works of art. It charts the story of western art, from eighteenth-century Germany to the late 20th century.
Winner of the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller, this book is about a journey undertaken by the author that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain.
Explains the persistence of certain principles and aspirations throughout the history of art. This title provides a basis for the appreciation of paintings, sculpture and art-objects of all periods by defining the elements that went into their making.
Aimed at anyone who would like to be able to pick up a pencil and just draw, this book provides a foolproof way to pick up the skills - and most importantly the confidence - to sketch and experiment without the hang-ups and inhibitions that can all too often get in the way of our creativity.
A brilliant, ambitious follow-up to The Secret Lives of Buildings, in which Hollis turns his focus from the great architectural constructions of the past and present to the now-vanished chambers they once contained
Describes how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world; why Barack Obama opted for Gotham, while Amy Winehouse found her soul in 30s Art Deco; the pivotal moment when fonts left the world of Letraset and were loaded onto computers; and more.
This interactive book is packed with stimulating ideas to spark your creative imagination. You can complete the Mona Lisa's smile, or design your own Jackson Pollock. There are step-by-step instructions for how to draw a bird and give it an expression. Aimed at children aged eight and older.
Art historical theory is a forum of intense, often passionate debate. This book provides an accessible introduction to the range of critical theories used in analysing art. It covers a range of approaches, presenting individual arguments, controversies and divergent perspectives.
In John Berger, a concise yet detailed study of Berger's life and work, Andy Merrifield sheds light on Berger the man, the artist, and the concerned citizen. Merrifield creates a reader-friendly, freewheeling narrative, which gives fascinating insight into one of the most influential thinkers of our times.
Ian Simpson's clear systematic approach to all aspects of drawing provides a comprehensive drawing course, ideal for both beginners and for those with considerable experience who want to re-examine the fundamentals.
This is a new, extended version of Jane Stobart's book on printmaking for beginners. It has been brought up to date and a new chapter on carborundum added. These make it one of the most comprehensive basic guides to printmaking techniques available.
A handbook for curators and curatorial students, that maps out every stage of the exhibition-making process from initial idea to final installation. It traces the history of curating back to its origins in the 17th century and outlines the multifarious roles of the curator, including as custodian, interpreter, educator, facilitator and organizer.
Suitable for students, arts professionals and other aspiring writers, this book navigates readers through the key elements of style and content, from the aims and structure of a piece to its tone and language.
In May 1977 the author, an unknown young illustrator, started drawing a weekly comic strip for the "Guardian". It began as a silly parody of girls' adventure stories, making satirical comments about contemporary life. The strip was latterly untitled and usually known just as "Posy". It ran until the late 1980s. This title collects these strips.
An investigation of the indigenous arts of the US and Canada in the OXFORD HISTORY OF ART series. The importance of these arts to the integrity of spiritual, social, political and economic systems within Native North American societies is considered through issues such as gender, representation, the colonial encounter and contemporary arts.
The period 1851 to 1929 witnessed the rise of the major European avant-garde groups. This volume explores the aims and achievements of artists such as Monet, Gauguin, Picasso and Dali, in relation to urban capitalism and expansion, colonialism, nationalism and internationalism, and the museum.
The early Middle Ages witnessed many innovations in European architecture including the medieval castle, church spire and monastic cloister. Avoiding traditional emphasis on chronological development, the author explores issues and themes, examining the achievements in design and construction.
A rapid succession of art movements and different styles reflected the extreme changes in US culture and society, as well as America's position within the international art world. All key movements are discussed, including early American Modernism, the New Negro movement, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Neo-Expressionism.
This refreshing new look at Medieval art conveys a very real sense of the impact of art on everyday life in Europe from 1000 to 1500. It examines the importance of art in the expression and spread of knowledge and ideas, including notions of the heroism and justice of war, and the dominant view of Christianity.
The Italian Renaissance is a pivotal episode in the history of Western culture. This book discusses a range of works from across Italy, examines the issues of materials, workshop practices and artist-patron relationships, and explores the ways in which visual imagery related to contemporary sexual, social and political behaviour.
An essential little book - perfect for the pocket or art bag - covering all practical aspects of sketching and drawing. Sketching is a skill that every artist needs to master and this handy book shows you how in a very clear and simple way.