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  • Welsh Saints from Welsh Churches

    Welsh saints continue to fascinate many with an interest in Welsh history and tradition. They are present in the landscape as the patrons of churches and in place-names from Merthyr Tydfil to Llanberis, from St Dogmaels to Llangollen, and Dewi Sant/St David especially remains very much part of the Welsh national consciousness. This book is a study of the remnants of medieval imagery of Welsh saints, as well as imagery from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in the form of stained glass, sculpture and painting. It provides an overview and analysis, followed by sections on c.40 individua... Learn More
  • The Secret War Against the Arts

    During the 1930s, the British Intelligence agencies became increasingly concerned about Communist influence in the country. They reacted by spying on thousands of ordinary British citizens. Amongst them were many artists and writers who, in tune with ‘the spirit of the times’, had become sympathetic to left-wing causes, most notably the Spanish Civil War. Telephones were bugged, post opened, homes searched and people encouraged to report suspicious behavior – all reminiscent of the East German Stasi.

    This book has been written in the light of previously secret... Learn More
  • A Country No More

    In 2010, when photographer Krista Elrick began traversing John James Audubon country in search of the birds the nineteenth-century American naturalist observed, painted, and wrote about, she encountered scarcely a sighting. Instead, she found the lushly forested watersheds and waterways that Audubon had passionately described in his journals vastly altered with many of the bird species extinct and their supporting habitat all but disappeared. Industrial buildings, parking lots, and strip malls had overtaken much of the area, edging out the natural world. It was a country no more.

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  • Block, Paper, Chisels

    Block, Paper, Chisels is a colorful collection of over seventy prints created by artist Kim Cunningham throughout her four decades in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. This wide-ranging exploration of the block print medium includes everything from images of familiar landscapes and local wildlife to more abstract collages celebrating the beauty of trees. Background information on Kim’s influences and technique are included, and her haiku poems accompany two series of prints. Learn More
  • Great Escape Forger

    Carl Holmstrom’s superb artwork depicts life as a ‘kriegie’ in a unique manner. But, more than that, he spent the major part of his captivity in Stalag Luft III Prisoner of War Camp, famous for ‘The Great Escape’. The audacity of the 76 escapees was only matched by the callousness of the Nazis who murdered 50 after recapture. As well as skillfully recording camp life, Carl forged invaluable official documents. He also sketched his fellow prisoners and encouraged others to take up drawing as hobby.

    Remarkably he saved over 200 examples of his work by... Learn More
  • 15th Century Colour Palettes

    15th century Italian painting mastered the art of painting light in the world. As Leon Battista Alberti wrote in On Painting (1435), "light has the power to vary color", hence a rich palette of pigments and how to mix colors was necessary to capture every nuance. Countless recipes are provided by the anonymous author of "Secrets for Colours" (c. 1450), called the Bolognese Manuscript, intended for use in fresco and in oil on panel, accompanied by instructions on how to make varnishes for paintings. Learn More
  • 12th Century Colour Palettes

    Treatises on painting between the 1st and the 12th centuries A.D. may have been many but those preserved are found in two manuscripts from the 10th and 12th centuries: the Mappae Clavicula and Eraclius, On the Arts and Colours of the Romans – both of which probably date from c. 8th century. Of the 12th century itself there is On Divers Arts by Theophilus. All the passages on pigments from these three manuscripts are included in this handbook, and they include the earliest known recipes for vermilion (c. 3rd century A.D.), many flower pigments, and the first known mention of oil pigmen... Learn More
  • 14th Century Colour Palettes

    From Italy to France to Flanders, the arts of painting in the 14th century were practised in manuscript illumination, on panel, and in fresco. Recipes for pigments appropriate to all these arts are included in this collection. "Experiments upon Colours" were dictated by painters to a Frenchman, Jehan Alcherius, while the Italian artist, Cennino Cennini, was especially attentive to the practice and the pigments to be used in fresco painting in The Book of Art / Il Libro dell' Arte, of c. 1390. His descriptions reveal the craft of Giotto, whose works make up the plates in this... Learn More
  • 13th Century Colour Palettes

    A French collection of recipes for painting on parchment, On Making Colours, by a painter, Peter of St. Audemar, possibly of the Benedictine Abbey of St Bertin at St. Omer in northern France. St. Omer was an active centre of painters and scribes from the end of the 12th century and from it probably came The Aviary / De avibus by Hugo de Fouilloy (c. 1140) in the so-called Gloucester copy which is dated 1277. Plates and illustrations have been included in this handbook, bringing together a treatise and a book which may have derived from the same place, an exceptional event in the history of... Learn More
  • 1st-19th Century Pigments

    A collection of all the historical pigments mentioned in the treatises included in the series, Colour Palettes, by century, complemented by recipes from other contemporary sources. The entries define the pigment – color, its source (animal, plant, mineral) and its name – and describe its method of preparation, with historical remarks tracing the pigment through the centuries. Recipes provide the documentary history of the pigment beginning with the earliest known through to 1837, the date of George Field's, Chromatography, to make up a history of each pigment. Learn More

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