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A Free Spirit: Irish Art 1860-1960

By: McConkey, Kenneth

Price: $15.64

Publisher: England, Antique Collectors’ Club Ltd: 1990

Edition: Reprint; Reprint

Seller ID: 004550

ISBN: 1851491279

Condition: Fine in Very Good dust jacket

This beautiful book is bound in deep blue cloth with gold lettering on the front and spine, and a beautiful painting on the endpapers. The jacket has minor shelfwear (slight bending) at the top and bottom. The period this book covers was a key century in the history of Irish art due to a growing demand for independence in Ireland in the late 19th century. While artists were creating a new national imagery, Irish literature was coming from W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. The first part of this book is an introduction tracing the influences and trends affecting young Ir... View more info

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African Art Portfolio: an Illustrated Introduction Masterpieces from the Eleventh to the Twentieth Centuries/book and Portfolio

By: Thompson, Carol

Price: $18.40

Publisher: New York, New York, U. S. A., The New Press: 1993

Seller ID: 001301

ISBN: 1565841123

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket

How are African masks used? Why are the artists usually not identified when African sculpture is exhibited in the Western museums? These and other intriguing questions are explored in this handsome, full-color portfolio, designed to introduce newcomers to African art and aesthetics. In addition to twenty-four 81/2" x 11" unbound images, the African Art Portfolio comes with a twenty-four-page booklet that includes a brief introduction to African art and four short, well-illustrated essays that provide background information on each image. The essay titles give the portfolios' central th... View more info

I Paesaggi (Landscapes)

By: Delafosse, Claude

Price: $26.68

Publisher: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 003821

ISBN: 8870686736

Condition: Near Fine with no dust jacket

This is a wonderful little art book, one of a set, that features Landscapes. Written in Italian, most of the pages include a landscape from a famous artist (indicated) . Some have different views on each page, and the middle page has a window to view the same area in different ways. There are a few pages that are cleart for interesting parts or the whole of a painting; one Magritte painting shows how he perfectly paints a scene out of the window. All are very interesting and incorporate humor; in the back is a listing of each artist, work included from that person, and the museum or private co... View more info

Japan: a History in Art

By: Jansen, Marius B. ; Asana, Nagatake

Price: $27.60

Publisher: New York, NY, Simon & Schuster: 1964

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 003980

Condition: Fine in Very Good dust jacket

This beautiful book presents the history of Japan through twenty centuries - as seen, remembered and recorded by her artists. The Japanese vision of life, in its richness, delicacy and complexity of pattern, is captured and clarified here as never before. Japan's history is projected not only through a brilliant historical narrative but also an array of art treasures newly photographed in color in Japan's museums, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and private collections, including that of the Imperial Household. The art included encompasses the rise and fall of dynasties, sweep of religious an... View more info

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Masterpieces of American Painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

By: Salinger, Margaretta

Price: $24.84

Publisher: New York, NY, Random House: 1986

Seller ID: 004023

ISBN: 0394554914

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket

As the Metropolitan Museum of Art has the finest collection of American paintings in the world, this selection of 100 masterpieces by 67 artists represents the highlight of American paintings, and the highlight of the Museum collection. Not a general survey, the book covers painting in America from the colonial period to World War I, ending with the group of artists known as The Eight. 35 paintings are reproduced not only in full but also with four-color details that give the viewer a new look into the artist's style. The text with each painting gives insight as to the ideas or motivation behi... View more info

Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling

By: King, Ross

Price: $14.26

Publisher: New York, Walker & Company: 2003

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 002477

ISBN: 0965701476

Condition: New with no dust jacket

This is the book about how Michelangelo came to be involved with the Sistine chapel, how the chapel came to be, and his relationship with Pope Julius II. The Pope had planned to have his body kept in a great tomb designed by Michelangelo. However, when it was discovered that the Vatican was out of true by six feet, he determined that the place he had chosen, St. Peters, was in no fit state to accommodate such an impressive monument. In his usual grand way, Pope Julius II had St. Peters demolished, and the Sistine Chapel was built upon that site. So the story begins, fascinating from the first ... View more info

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Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities

By: McFadden, David Revere

Price: $46.00

Publisher: Museum of Arts and Design: 2011

Seller ID: 004487

ISBN: 0983298319

Condition: New in New dust jacket

This book is still wrapped in publishers plastic. Featured is contemporary work by about 35 preeminent visual artists who have generated new interest in this art form. It is a diverse group of international practitioners, ranging from sculptors and painters to photographers and videographers. This fully illustrated book includes an essay by exhibition curator David McFadden, which traces dioramas and visual illusions in the history of visual arts. Also included are artist biographies and statements. McFadden also includes a critical analysis of the works in this exhibition. The front of the bo... View more info

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The Art of Illuminating As Practiced in Europe in the Earliest Times

By: Tymms, W. R. , Wyatt, M. D.

Price: $23.00

Publisher: England, Studio Editions: 1987

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 004551

ISBN: 1851700455

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket

This volume provides a marvelous insight into the world of religious art and embellishment as it was practiced in Europe from the 6th Century through to the flowering of the Renaissance in Italy. Tymms collected 100 plates showing the different styles of ornament and decoration, while Wyatt contributed informative essays on the history of illuminating and a practical resume of how the art should be practiced today. They are important and, with the 100 plates in this book convey the full flavor of the lettering styles. Coupled with the border decorations, this is an important and valuable sourc... View more info

The Arts

By: Van Loon, Hendrik Willem

Price: $8.28

Publisher: New York, Simon And Schuster: 1946

Edition: Ninth Printing

Seller ID: 002531

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket

First Edition. This is a fascinating survey of art through history. It begins with prehistoric art and moves through the ages and countries that made certain types of art famous. This book was written and illustrated by Hendrik Willem Van Loon to give the general reader (who perhaps had always considered this a rather remote subject) a better understanding and a greater appreciation of everything that has been done within the realm of painting and architecture and music, sculpture and the theater and most of the so-called minor arts from the beginnning of time until the moment we come so close... View more info

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The Fan: Fashion and Femininity Unfolded

By: Steele, Valerie

Price: $13.80

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A., Rizzoli Intl Pubns: 2002

Edition: No Edition

Seller ID: 002638

ISBN: 0847824462

Condition: New

Fans have existed for at least five thousand years in cultures as diverse as ancient Egypt, India, and China. Arguably the most fascinating ornament in fashion, the fan has a deep and colorful history. This volume is a visual celebration of the fan through time, richly illustrated with art culled from the world's premier fan museums and private collections and with original photography. In an engaging overview of the fan throughout history, fashion curator Valerie Steele discussed the development of the fan, famous fans, fan artisans, and the fan's function at its heights of glory during the e... View more info

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The History of Art in Pictures : Western Art from Prehistory to the Present

By: Plazy, Gilles

Price: $13.80

Publisher: New York, Ny, U. S. A., Michael Friedman Publishing Group, Incorporated: 2003

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 001143

ISBN: 1586633317

Condition: Fine in Very Good dust jacket

A beautiful volume of paintings from all over the world, some easily recognizable, others from private collections and more unusual. This breathtaking book is for art lovers who want to educate themselves a little more deeply about Western art and its evolution, from prehistory to today. Included is an authoritative text and wonderful four-color reproductions; this volume offers an illuminating selection of the masterpieces of the Western tradition. The DJ on all corners is a bit turned out, and the bottom front turned out more than the other sides. Illustrations are all full color. Jacket is ... View more info

Vasily Kandinsky

By: Messer, Thomas M.

Price: $12.88

Publisher: New York, Abrams: 2009

Edition: Unknown

Seller ID: 004527

ISBN: 1435117492

Condition: Near Fine

Kandinsky (1866 - 1944) was one of the principal founders of abstract painting. Forty of his major works are reproduced in this book as full-page colorplates. Each is accompanied by text from the author, Dierector Emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foudation, which possesses one of the most comprehensive collections of Kandinsky's art in existence. Selections from each decade of his long and varied career are included. This volume shows some wear at the corners, and has some scratches on the back. Included in the first part are photographs taken by Kandinsky and writings of his life and wor... View more info

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Vincent Van Gogh

By: Grange Books

Price: $9.20

Publisher: Hoo, United Kingdom, Grange Books: 2005

Seller ID: 003753

ISBN: 1840135638

Condition: New with no dust jacket

Beautifully illustrated on heavy paper with not only Van Gogh's most popular works but many lesser known pieces. Each has a description with the name, year, size, and who the painting is owned by. Essays are included regarding his life and work and how intertwined they were. Van Gogh is considered the incarnation of the suffering, misunderstood martyr of modern art, the emblem of the artist as an outsider. The works are recreated faithfully with rich coloring. The book is square. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall View more info