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Kingdom Come

Paperback, 24/09/2008, £14.99
£13.49
One of the most acclaimed graphic novels of all time is offered in this new edition, with lush new panoramic cover art.

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

Hardback, 08/09/2016, £25.00
£17.50
Claude Monet's water lily paintings are among the most iconic and beloved works of art of the past century. Yet these entrancing images were created at a time of terrible private turmoil and sadness for the artist. The dramatic history behind these paintings is little known; Ross King's Mad Enchantment tells the full story for the first time and, in the process, presents a compelling and original portrait of one of our most popular and cherished artists. By the outbreak of war in 1914, Monet, then in his mid-seventies, was one of the world's most famous and successful painters, with a large house in the country, a fleet of automobiles and a colossal reputation. However, he had virtually given up painting following the death of his wife Alice in 1911 and the onset of blindness a year later. Nonetheless, it was during this period of sorrow, ill health and creative uncertainty that - as the guns roared on the Western Front - he began the most demanding and innovative paintings he had ever attempted. Encouraged by close friends such as Georges Clemenceau, France's dauntless prime minister, Monet would work on these magnificent paintings throughout the war years and then for the rest of his life. So obsessed with his monumental task that the village barber was summoned to clip his hair as he worked beside his pond, he covered hundreds of yards of canvas with shimmering layers of pigment. As his ambitions expanded with his paintings, he began planning what he intended to be his legacy to the world: the 'Musee Claude Monet' in the Orangerie in Paris. Drawing on letters and memoirs and focusing on this remarkable period in the artist's life, Mad Enchantment gives an intimate portrayal of Claude Monet in all his tumultuous complexity, and firmly places his water lily paintings among the greatest achievements

Judgement of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism

Paperback, 03/05/2007, £12.99
£11.69
Beginning with the year that Manet exhibited his ground-breaking Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe and ending in 1974 with the first 'Impressionist' exhibition, the author plunges into Parisian life during a ten-year period full of social and political ferment with his usual narrative brilliance.

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

Paperback, 06/04/2006, £14.99
£8.00
In 1508, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. For the next four years, he and a team of assistants laboured over the vast ceiling. This book tells the story of those four years and paints a picture of day-to-day life on the Sistine scaffolding - in the upheaval of early sixteenth-century Rome.

Ex Libris

Paperback, 02/10/2003, £6.99
£6.29
A cryptic summons from Lady Marchamont launches a London bookseller Isaac Inchbold on an odyssey through the back alleys of 17th-century Europe. He suddenly finds himself in a game where forces are anonymous, motives inexplicable but the outcome deadly.

Foremost Man of the Kingdom: John de Vere, Thirteenth Earl of Oxford (1442-1513)

Paperback, 19/03/2015, £17.99
£16.19
First book to deal with de Vere's life and extraordinary career, during the Wars of the Roses and beyond.

Brunelleschi's Dome

Paperback, 08/05/2008, £9.99
£8.99
Even in an age of soaring skyscrapers and cavernous sports stadiums, the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, with its immense, terracotta-tiled cupola, retains a rare power to astonish. This book tells the story of how the cupola was raised, from its conception to its consecration.

Leonardo and the Last Supper

Paperback, 12/09/2013, £12.99
£11.69
For more than five centuries The Last Supper has been an artistic, religious and cultural icon. The art historian Kenneth Clark called it 'the keystone of European art', and for a century after its creation it was regarded as nothing less than a miraculous image. And yet there is a very human story behind this artistic 'miracle'. Ross King's Leonardo and the Last Supper is both a 'biography' of one of the most famous works of art ever painted and a record of Leonardo da Vinci's last five years in Milan.